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GĂśteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017

9 Sep — 19 Nov

For many people, art is associated with religion, and has an undeniably long history of conveying existential, spiritual and religious messages. Judaism, Christianity and Islam have a historically common approach to depictions of God, based upon the book of Exodus. Nothing should stand between man and God, and no one can know what God looks like, thus, God cannot be depicted. Within Judaism and Islam this is interpreted more strictly than it is within Christianity. Within Islam, a more abstract and ornamental imagery has been developed, while Christianity’s belief in Jesus as ‘God’s image’ has led to more figurative art. During the Reformation, the Protestant reformer Calvin proclaimed that all images should be destroyed. Buddha is also said to have warned against depiction—which seems hard to imagine today, given the prolific use of images in Buddhism. Artists usually base their work on subjects that interest them, often relating to personal experiences, political or social issues. But their works can also sometimes be more explicitly spiritual or religious. This publication is an introduction to the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA). GIBCA is a major exhibition held every two years, highlighting contemporary art of current interest from all over the world. This year, the biennial explores issues relating to the secular society. How can art take part in a multi-religious discussion, and how should we live together? GIBCA presents works by some 50 artists. They were selected by the curator Nav Haq, who also determined the topics the biennial will address. GIBCA is shown all over Gothenburg. Some of the art is presented in public spaces, for instance in Masthuggskyrkan, or on a rooftop in Gamlestan. Other venues, such as Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall and Gothenburg Central Library, feature major exhibitions. Furthermore, GIBCA’s satellite programme, GIBCA Extended, includes more than 50 galleries, art museums and artists throughout Västra Götaland, who contribute to the Biennial’s thematic with their thoughts on secularity. Our hope is that art will give rise to new experiences and spark thoughts and discussions between people. The work can be just as challenging and incomprehensible, as it is straight-forward and inviting. Sometimes, discussing a work of art can help us see what escaped us at first. Sometimes, we can help someone else see and think in new ways. Perhaps the same can apply to belief ? GIBCA offers an enormous programme of guided tours, discussions, lectures and opportunities for creative activities throughout the exhibition period. We encourage you to use GIBCA as a chance to broaden your mind, and meet new people while encountering a work of art. Welcome! Mia Christersdotter Norman Director Röda Sten Konsthall Röda Sten Konsthall is the Organiser of GIBCA

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017 Over fifty internationally acknowledged artists are exhibiting works in WheredoIendandyoubegin – On Secularity. The Biennial takes on questions regarding the role of secularity in society today. Here you can read curator Nav Haq’s thoughts on the exhibition.

An Introduction The secular society’s principle is based on a separation of religious belief (and non-belief ) from the state. It protects the most important cornerstones of the contemporary Western social structure: political and social equality, minority rights, religious freedom and the legal separation of private and public domains. Secularity—not to be confused with atheism—plays an essential role in our everyday life. It has created the conditions for encounters between the citizens within such complex areas as sexual freedom, freedom of religion, gender equality and freedom of expression. Its strength lies in allowing different modes of living to co-exist, due to protections and rights drawn from this principle and provided under the law. Secularity is not new. It has taken many forms throughout history, key examples of which would include the ‘Averroism’ of Islamic Andalusia in the Middle Ages formed through the thinking of the polymath Averroës (Arabic: Ibn Rushd). Also Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s modernising ‘Kemalist’ secularism in Turkey in the early 20th century is an important example, as well as the constitutional secularism of Laïcité in France, and the secular principle of citizenship in the constitution of the United States of America. The subject of secularity has become highly topical of late. One might even claim that the principle of secularity finds itself in crisis, in relation to the current geo-political catastrophe and upheaval. Many recent events make the rights, freedoms and people’s right to protection offered by the principle of liberal secularity feel increasingly threatened; events that have become part of a global consciousness of fear, insecurity and a sense of increasing injustice. They would include most infamously: the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, or the founding of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp and subsequent accounts of torture. They also include the murder of Theo van Gogh and subsequent right-wing nationalism in the Netherlands, the publishing of ‘blasphemous’ cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, the attacks of Norwegian Anders Bhering Breivik on the island of Utøya and in Oslo, the rise of the Islamic State (ISIL), the attack on the office of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the extensive amount of refugees escaping civil war in Syria and Iraq, and the subsequent response of different European nations to the arrival of this migration.


All of these events, which are just some of the most known, seem to point to a secular collapse and a cultural breaking point in Europe. There are wide-ranging symptoms of similar events that are—also—used for political mobilisation. We can see the emergence of movements and groups where people occupy a deep conservative attitude and claim monocultural values. Everything with a strong feature of nationalistic rhetoric. The situation evokes the feeling of unsustainability, identity politics has returned and more worse than we could ever imagine. When circumstances seem so severe, we need to raise fundamental questions about the future: What happens to secularity during moments of crisis such as these? How can we sustain freedoms—social, sexual, cultural or religious—in a situation of stark cultural differences? What do we mean by ‘belief ’ today? The 2017 edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art highlights some of these fundamental questions about the contemporary Europe, and the at times subtle border between violence and protection. Art has its historic roots in religion, and its contemporary roots in the idea of the secular. Thus, it is well-positioned for offering reflections on this complex situation. Art is already a well-established space for the consideration of complex socio-political issues. It has also delved into the issues of religion—by some considered to be the last remaining taboo—by examining how religious conflict, repression, freedom of expression, and even spirituality, are intertwined. Art and the freedom for artists to pursue their profession characterize a secular society. Therefore it is important to note why the various artworks have been included in the exhibition, but also to explain why some artworks are not displayed. Art has a vital role to play in a discussion about the relations between governance, belief and freedom, and this is the starting point for WheredoIendandyoubegin – On Secularity. The Biennial is a multi-faceted project, incorporating significant events and activities functioning at the societal, academic, cultural and political level. The works are presented in some of the renowned cultural organizations of Gothenburg, including Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall and the Gothenburg City Library, and several new works have been created specifically for the Biennial and public space.

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Alexander Tovborg / Archivo F.X. in collaboration with Bassam El Baroni & Pedro G. Romero with the participation of Doris Hakim, Yassine Chouati & Equipe Media Basim Magdy / Dimitri Venkov / Etel Adnan Fahd Burki / Fatma Bucak / Francesc Ruiz Haegue Yang / Haseeb Ahmed & Daniel G Baird / Hilma af Klint / Jens Haaning / Joakim Forsgren / Jonas Staal / The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland / Lawrence Abu Hamdan L.E.FT Architects / Maddie Leach / Michèle Matyn / Måns Wrange / Olivia Plender Public Movement / Riikka Kuoppala / Rose Borthwick / Santiago Mostyn / Saskia Holmkvist, Ellen Nyman & Corina Oprea Shilpa Gupta / Sille Storihle / Vector We’re Saying What You’re Thinking A selection of moving image artworks from the Nordic Region

Catti Brandelius / Cecilia Lundqvist / Claes Söderquist / Dorinel Marc / Elin Magnusson Ellen Nyman / Eva Linder / Guds söner�Sons of God (Leif Elggren�Kent Tankred) / Jannicke Låker / Jesper Nordahl / Johan Tirén / Lene Adler Petersen & Bjørn Nørgaard / Lene Adler Petersen, Bjørn Nørgaard & Henning Christiansen / Loulou Cherinet / Marko Raat

Interview with Nav Haq WheredoIendandyoubegin—why did you choose the title of the artist Shilpa Gupta’s work as the title for the exhi­ bition?

Firstly, Shilpa Gupta is, for both myself and my generation of practitioners, a key artist and reference because of how her work deals with geopolitical reality, with questions of conflict, minoritisation and precarity. She has a particular way of deal­ ing with these topics using a balance of poetics with politics in her work. And I am also interested in how she uses text: the sen­ tences are like propositions, open and not fixed, so the viewer has to do some of the work to give meaning. This particular text work functions like concrete poetry as the spaces between the words are deliberately removed. Also, there is no question mark at the end of the phrase, as it answers itself rhetorical­ ly through the removal of spaces and therefore distinctions between words. As a phrase, the work talks about what is at the heart of the Biennial: What is private? What is public? How do the actions of one person relate to that of another? It is also not specifically about faith.

Secular society is a very broad theme. What is your app­ roach to dealing with the issue?

Secularity is about creating structures that provide rights, free­ doms and protections to different modes of living. Historically, secularity was formed to protect religious minorities by taking faith out of the equation in the decision­making process rela­ ting to what people can and cannot do. Anti­racist or anti­sexist policy can, for example, be considered a contemporary form of secularity. The subject of secularity has become another aspect of my broader interests in equality. Art is interesting in relation to the topic of secularity be­ cause, historically, art would be found in the space of religion. But when it left the confines of religion, that’s when it took on its new set of values, aesthetics and discourses. It placed itself in other contexts, relating to other discussions. For this reason, art is a good means to open a debate on secularity. I picked up six themes that have been quite easy to iden­ tify: gender equality, sexual freedom, minority rights, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and governmentality. These seemed like the most important aspects of the secularity ques­ tion, and it has been very interesting to talk to experts and learn about the contemporary conditions of the secular. I un­ derstand now that in Europe we have had the perception of a decline in faith, but the idea that greater modernisation leads to a decline in belief is actually a misrepresentation. The world is just as religious as ever. Rather, with modernisation comes a pluralisation of belief.

You have highlighted a number of historical materials within the framework of the Biennial, including anti­Se­ mitic caricatures printed in the early 20th century in


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Swedish newspapers, founding documents for the Refor­ mation and of the official secularisation in Sweden. Could you expand on why you chose to include these in the Bi­ ennial?

Presenting artefacts gives specificity and context to a particular subject or debate, and it is something I have done increasingly in recent years. There is relevant material related to the subject of secularity in the context of Sweden that I felt made sense for this exhibition. After learning about the history of anti­Semi­ tic cartoons in Sweden, specifically from the early 20th century, it felt important to exhibit them. It is important that people know about them because they hold up a mirror to the society that made them. It is powerful material that puts anti­Semitism in Sweden within the broader context of what was happening across much of Europe at that time. The artefacts also show us that the recent debates around cartoons and their ability to offend is by no means a new thing. The document related to the Reformation pinpoints the moment the king became the head of the Church in Sweden. It is coincidentally the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The more recent do­ cument about the official separation of church and state in Sweden informs us that, despite having had the reputation as a socially progressive place for a long time, Sweden only officially became secular on the 1st of January 2000. I felt that a handful of items like these would provide a lot of informative material for visitors to the exhibition.

The Biennial engages in subjects that can be sensitive. How did you deal with these in the curatorial process?

There have been a number of exhibits in the biennial that have proved sensitive, but we have mostly managed to work through the nature of these sensitivities and deal with them accordingly, through talking to experts, educating ourselves, and providing good contextualisation. I decided early on that if there was so­ mething that we were unable to exhibit due to reasons of socie­ tal sensitivity, I wouldn’t be the one making that decision, and that we would make the process transparent. And there are works that we have not been able to exhibit. Firstly, there is a work by the British artist John Latham. It is from a particular series called God is Great he made in the ear­ ly 1990s, which incorporates Holy Books from the three main monotheistic religions. Latham incorporated different kinds of books in his works, as he saw them as containers of energy. This work in particular is very much about cosmic and spiritual energy, and the shared place in the human mind at the root of religious belief. At the time when he made the work, there would have been no issue in presenting it. But the world has changed since then, and there are new sensitivities concerning what can and cannot be exhibited. In recent years there have been incidents around other works by Latham from the same series, including an instance of institutional self­censorship.


Shilpa Gupta WheredoIendandyoubegin, 2012 LED based light installation, 880✗68 cm Photo: Courtesy Faurschou Foundation Courtesy: The Artist & Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana

Reflecting on its absence here in the biennial is important for understanding this shift that has taken place in our society. There has also been a site-specific proposal by the artist Maddie Leach for Keillers Park in Gothenburg, that was not approved. It was a proposal related to the murder of Josef Ben Meddour, 20 years ago in the park, at the site of a water tower. One of the murderers was Jon Nödtveidt, lead singer of the black metal band Dissection, who was convicted of murdering Ben Meddour in a fatal homophobic hate crime. The artist wanted to make a small intervention in the park as a quiet memorial to Ben Meddour, by inscribing a small pentagram, an ancient symbol for protection, harmony or good luck onto the water tower. But rather than making it ‘upside-down,’ as commonly used within the aesthetics of black metal, the artist would inscribe it the ‘correct’ way around. Even though we had been planning thorough contextualisation for the work, the proposal was turned down, claiming it was ambiguous and could be misunderstood.

very interesting as it is a rather dynamic space. Installing Jens Haaning’s formative sound work Turkish Jokes, first presented in 1994, at the transit point Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen, has been great to re-represent in Gothenburg as part of the survey of his work that we have organised as a section of the Biennial. Similarly, the work the biennial has taken its title from— WheredoIendandyoubegin by Shilpa Gupta—is presented in Gamlestaden, considered a sort of industrial no-man’s-land between the city centre and the suburbs. Viewable primarily from the tram, the work is presented symbolically in this ‘in-between’ zone. Gothenburg is a highly segregated city and it felt meaningful to have the work here. In total, we have eleven projects in non-traditional spaces for art. What are your aims for the Biennial?

It has been very rewarding to organise new projects and displays around the city, mainly in ‘non-art’ spaces. To organise an exhibition of historic video works in the City Library has been

I want to raise awareness that secularity has brought important things to our society. We have a sort of crisis of secularity today. Even though it was created to provide protection for minorities, secularity can be turned on its head and used as form of violence against minorities. We need to find ways of protecting secularity, perhaps through the necessity of reinventing it. A secular Europe is worth investing our energy in.


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Can you tell me more about the new art commissions in numerous public spaces around Gothenburg?


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Archivo F.X. in collaboration with Bassam El Baroni & Pedro G. Romero with the participation of Doris Hakim, Yassine Chouati & Equipe Media

Alexander Tovborg


Basim Magdy Etel Adnan Haegue Yang Haseeb Ahmed & Daniel G. Baird Jens Haaning L.E.FT Architects Lene Adler Petersen, Bjørn Nørgaard & Henning Christiansen (part of the video exhibition We’re Saying What You’re Thinking)

Michèle Matyn Olivia Plender Riikka Kuoppala Rose Borthwick Sille Storihle Outside Röda Sten Konsthall: Francesc Ruiz


Myrorna Järntorget


13 Artist: Dimitri Venkov


Chalmers University Of Technology

The Museum Of Gothenburg





Jonas Staal

The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland



Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen

Elite Plaza Hotel

Göteborgs Konsthall






Public Movement

Fahd Burki


Fatma Bucak

Jens Haaning

Haegue Yang Haseeb Ahmed & Daniel G. Baird Hilma af Klint Jens Haaning Joakim Forsgren


Jonas Staal Lawrence Abu Hamdan Santiago Mostyn

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Saskia Holmkvist, Ellen Nyman & Corina Oprea



Gothenburg City Library  7 Video exhibition We’re Saying What You’re Thinking Catti Brandelius


Cecilia Lundqvist


Claes Söderquist Dorinel Marc Elin Magnusson


Ellen Nyman Eva Linder Guds söner / Sons of God (Leif Elggren/Kent Tankred)


Jannicke Låker


Jesper Nordahl Johan Tirén Lene Adler Petersen & Bjørn Nørgaard


Loulou Cherinet Marko Raat



Musiclovers Records

Keillers Park



Gamlestaden – Hjällbo  8


An symbolically important site for


Maddie Leach

Maddie Leach´s project The Grief Prophesy

Shilpa Gupta


Photo: Ola Kjelbye

Alexander Tovborg

Tovborg presents two new paintings in Masthuggskyrkan, a church created in the ‘romantic nationalist’ style just over a century ago. The paintings have been made directly on to a section of a sail from a royal Danish ship, echoing the tradition of displaying model ships within churches located in ports. His work The Rape of Europha is a depiction of one of the foundational myths of European civilisation from Greek Mythology, that of the abduction of the Phoenician princess Europa by Zeus. In the story, Europa is abducted from Phonecia, modern


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day Lebanon and Syria, and taken across the Mediterranean to Crete on the back of Zeus who has transformed into a bull. In some iterations, Zeus—having regained human form—rapes Europa, who then gives birth to three children, Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon. Tovborg uses the story of the abduction of Europa to reflect on the current crisis in Europe, particularly of the asylum seekers fleeing conflict in Syria, whose route to Europe mirrors that of Zeus and Europa. The second painting, MAMMON, refers to a term used in the New Testament thought to describe money, materialism and greed. The work considers money and capital as having replaced God as the dominant focus of worship. Alexander Tovborg is based in Copenhagen


Supported by: Culture Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery, Danish Arts Foundation

Alexander Tovborg creates art channelled through his faith as well as his desire to understand the allegory and meaning at the heart of European mythology. Primarily working with a unique semi-abstract style of iconographic painting, but occasionally through sculpture and performance, he depicts scenes from scriptures and folklore that also offer reflection on today’s society.

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Archivo F.X. / Pedro G. Romero Wirtschaft, Ökonomie, Konjunktur, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, 2012 Courtesy the artist Photo: courtesy Hans D. Christ

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in collaboration with Bassam El Baroni and Pedro G. Romero with the participation of Doris Hakim, Yassine Chouati and Equipe Media Supported by: AC/E – Acción Cultural Española, Embassy of Spain in Sweden , Mophradat

Pedro G. Romero has developed the Archivo F.X. since 1999. It consists of a vast collection of images and artefacts documenting examples of Spanish political and religious iconoclasm in the first half of the 20th century. For example, the archive includes decapitated statues, deteriorated pictures, expropriated sacred spaces, or melted religious items reused for civil industry. GIBCA 2017 marks the first time an artistic researcher has been invited to develop a new project using Archivo F.X. Curator and theorist Bassam El Baroni’s project considers the history and contemporary valence of the largely underrepresented figure of Averroes (Arabic name: Ibn Rushd), the 12th century philosopher who created early and highly influential examples of secular thought during the era of Islamic Andalusia. Averroism was a late 12th century movement of mostly Paris-based philosophers, who contributed to founding modern secularity through their separation of theological and philosophical perspectives. Archivo F.X. and Pedro G. Romero additionally invited artists Doris Hakim and Yassine Chouati, and the activist media collective Equipe Media to collaborate.


The installation is composed of numerous elements. Essential to the work is the ‘conversation piece,’ a wall text representing a long e-mail correspondence between all the contributors to the project, moderated by El Baroni. In this thread, they discuss secularity and Averroes’ legacy in relation to their contexts, art, the image, and contemporary political struggles. Moreover, Romero and the Archivo F.X. team have collated for display a selection of documents and images from the archive under the entry Averroes and Averroism. The aim of the archive selection is to parse together underlying connections and associations between Averroism’s historical and philosophical trajectory, its possible concrete manifestations, and questions around sovereignty in Spain. Pedro G. Romero and Archivo F.X. (Jose Iglesias Ga-Arenal and Charo Romero Donaire) are based in Seville Bassam El Baroni is based in Alexandria Doris Hakim is based in Seville Yassine Chouati is based in Seville Equipe Media is based in the occupied territories of Western Sahara Commissioned for GIBCA 2017

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Basim Magdy They Endorsed Collective Failure as the Dawn of a New Renaissance, 2013 Acrylic, spray paint and watercolour on paper 45.5✗60.5 cm Courtesy Deutsche Bank Collection

Basim Magdy Bringing the Sun Back to Earth on a Blue Day, 2011 Spray paint and acrylic on paper 33✗43 cm Courtesy the artist

Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy’s multi-faceted practice brings to light a hallucinogenic and satirical universe, where notions of past, present and future float within the same realm. His depictions of dreamlike scenarios propose alternative realities, whilst aiming to deconstruct dogmatic thinking.


Basim Magdy is based in Basel

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Supported by: Pro Helvetia

The film On the Good Earth combines constructed footage together with audio of the 1969 televised broadcast of Apollo 8 astronauts Bill Anders, Jim Lovell and Frank Borman describing the surface of the moon as their space capsule orbits around it. The astronauts ended the broadcast by reading the first ten verses of The Book of Genesis, causing some controversy. Legal proceedings were taken against NASA to ban the astronauts, as public-sector employees, from prayer in space. Satirically depicting some astronauts behind bars, the film considers this curious situation of when the secular tenet of restricting religious practices to within the private sphere, and away from public sphere, is applied to outer space.

Magdy has also created many images of rather colourful dreamlike narratives, each of which also possesses an evocative title. The images can be seen as portals to a world of parallel situations, somehow reflecting events and advancements in our own world—whether diplomatic, civic or ritualistic. Neither utopian or dystopian, and somehow occupying a more ambiguous domain, the images tell us about the literal inability of the human psyche to offer new paths into the future, rather repeating the same ideas and mistakes, over and over, in a cycle of action and defeat.


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Dimitri Venkov I Wanted to Be Happy in the USSR, 2015 SD video, film, 45 min. Courtesy the artist

Dimitri Venkov Dimitri Venkov is one of Russia’s emerging, politically engaged artists who reflects on a society torn by political, historical and social conventions. During the Biennial he is presenting the video work I Wanted to be Happy in the USSR, which follows a family fleeing from Russia to Norway. Please tell us about your work.

Supported by: The Cultural Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery

I Wanted to Be Happy in the USSR is a film that follows George Blemu, a Guinean immigrant, his Ukrainian wife Elena and their two daughters Anne and Maria. I met the family in Moscow in late 2007. George came to the Soviet Union to study medicine in 1979 as a part of the Soviet Union’s ambition to create ‘friendship among peoples.’ However, when I met them they were initially trying to leave Russia to escape racism and seek asylum abroad. They were advised to go to Norway. Originally, it was an immigration story. Ten years later, I am viewing it in a larger context of migration from the global South to the global North, where the USSR was for George a prolonged, yet temporary stay. During the Cold War, the USSR offered an alternative to capitalism. With the dissolution of the USSR, this alternative disappeared and many of the poorer countries were left to the forces of capitalism, which led to more inequality. Now the hostile atmosphere between Russia and the Western world has seemed to have increased, and migration has become more complex. The film’s title is important because it references a Russian film from 1936 about a circus performer who is welcomed as an immigrant in the Soviet Union. On her deathbed she says, “I


wanted to be happy in the USSR”— the official stance that ‘friendship among peoples’ remains in Russia. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the nationalist tendencies increased along with tensions linked to ethnicity. This led to more hate crimes and increased racism against minorities. In the end, you can see this as the reason that the Blemu family left the country. However, the conditions have changed since then, the tensions have fallen. How did you get the idea for this film?

I wanted to depict a story where there was potential for a change. Where someone is working towards something, and striving to get out of a difficult situation. The question of identity is a major theme in the film. The Blemu family never felt at home in Russia. The daughters had ambivalent feelings about their identity. They felt pressure to blend into a predominantly Russian society, which made them want to deny their African background. It was difficult to be different in the working class part of Moscow where they lived. Now, their daughter Maria has a new identity—she speaks both Russian and Norwegian well. It is unusual. There weren’t very many people who went to Russia to start their education—and they generally returned to where they came from. Now, as the daughters have grown up and their cultural background has become richer, I would like to go back to the question of identity when I film a conclusion to the story. Dimitri Venkov is based in Moscow The screenings take place every hour on the hour.

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Röda Sten Konsthall Etel Adnan Kalimat II, 2015 Ink, wash drawing, watercolour, pomegranate juice Folded: 25✗12.5 cm Unfolded length: 444 cm Courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong and Co. Photo: Courtesy Fabrice Gibert.

Etel Adnan The work Mahmoud Darwish is named after a renowned Palestinian national poet. Darwish (1941–2008) considered the city of Haifa his home, but was banned from re-entering Israel after joining the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). He reflected on occupation and exile in his writings. Though opposed to the actions of the Israeli state, he believed in reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews, due to their deep historical connections. Adnan uses Darwish’s poem I See What I Want (1990) on this leporello, which describes the desire to define one’s own perception of the world.

Kalimat, the title of another of Adnan’s works on display, means ‘words’ or ‘sentence’ in Arabic. Spread across the leporello we find singular words in Arabic such as Moon, Eye, Crystal and River. In the Islamic world, religious scripture is considered the actual word of Allah, rather than a historical account or interpretation by human hands. Adnan’s text-based artworks reflect on the transition from God’s will to self-will, a key facet of secularisation. The work Freedom of People, Freedom of Animals, Freedom of Plants, Freedom of Nature repeats in Arabic the phrases of the title in different orders. By repeating the word ‘Freedom’, the work poses a holistic understanding of humanity as part of the natural world. Etel Adnan is based in Paris

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Fahd Burki Fahd Burki Believer, 2012 Acrylic and collage on paper, 152✗122 cm

Fahd Burki’s paintings, prints and sculptures are inspired by a spectrum of interests, ranging from primitive archetypes, iconography and science fiction, to early-Modernist paintings by Paul Klee and traditional, figurative miniature painting in South Asia. They embody a synthesis of different aesthetic forms. The compositions employ figures that are constructed rigorously—yet economically—using flat graphic colours, and always set in a monochromatic ground. Often making his artworks in series, Burki has created a lexicon of different symbols, totemic forms and personalities. Together with their titles that are predominantly single-worded, like Believer or Progress, they allude to moral or ideological dimensions, while ruling out a fixed interpretation. These characters, which coexist in the same universe, fluctuate between body and monument. Fahd Burki is based in Lahore


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Supported by: French Institute in Sweden

Etel Adnan is a philosopher, poet, writer and artist. Having lived in Lebanon, America and France, Adnan has worked with subjects such as conflict, belief and the human condition. Adnan’s practice as a visual artist, specifically her ‘leporello’ folded-paper works, combines text with vivid imagery. Floating between sculpture and painting, poetry and image, these works are complex in form and content.

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Fatma Bucak From Fantasies of Violence, 2017 117 zinc plates, etching – cera molle, dimensions variable Photo: courtesy the artist Courtesy the artist

Fatma Bucak Supported by: Atelje Larsen, Helsingborg, SAHA Association – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey

Fatma Bucak’s installation Fantasies of Violence comprises of 117 double-sided, zinc printing plates, each of which is etched with abstract markings derived from representations of violence. These images have been taken out from recent newspapers that the artist has collected, first from Turkey and later from France and America, where public spaces have been increasingly and insidiously militarised. The original photographs typically include depictions of police violence, reflecting the mass influx of images that infer the ‘state of emergency’, where the broader global tendency has been to suspend civil rights and protections, particularly for minorities, to the point of normalisation.

On the reverse face, the plates show the acid erosion produced during the etching of the images onto the metal, which was achieved using the intaglio technique that the artist has had specialised training in. The fine lines of the anterior etchings are contrasted with the consumed raw metal on the back. These numerous plates are not actually being used to print onto paper, but instead become the focus of the work. The use of metal is an important aspect of the installation, as it is a cold and clinical material used for weaponry. Fatma Bucak is based in London and Istanbul Commissioned for GIBCA 2017

The abstraction of the markings breaks the images down into the basic compositional lines—as if revealing the ‘bones’ of the image. This is a way for the artist to reach the reality behind the represented violence, and address how our perception of it is communicated.


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Outside Röda Sten Konsthall Supported by: Culture Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery, AC/E – Acción Cultural Española, Embassy of Spain in Sweden

Photo: Ola Kjelbye

Francesc Ruiz The artist Francesc Ruiz has studied the history of comic magazines, especially in relation to subcultures, class and sexuality. His work The Street consists of a 25-metre constructed and illustrated street, placed in the area behind Röda Sten Konsthall, where visitors are invited to walk along the shopfronts. The work explores the diversity of the street, the way people live together, the liberties and rights we have or take.

come. Several places tell a story about poverty. I’m thinking about the places where people bet on horses or football, the ATM’s where there’s always a queue. All these are what I am exploring in my work The Street.

You have created a new work based specifically on Gothenburg, to be placed outside Röda Sten Konsthall. Can you tell us about your artistic process?

Pocket serves as a sequel to The Street, a small publication that adds detail. The kind of information you can put in your pocket and carry with you. Comics can be used for anything. I think the size is interesting. It’s made in a format that is often used for small information booklets for sexual education, or political or religious messages. In this work, I examine ideas on ideologies and private life. I am using The Street to discuss things in a surrealist way, and Pocket helps spread information about where one can find The Street. Everything is pretence—for me, it’s more about how ideas are constructed.

In the spring 2017, I was invited to an artist residency in Gothenburg. During that period, I walked around the town and visited several Gothenburg suburbs. What fascinated me was the cacophony and diversity of the city’s commercial centre, which is characteristic of so many cosmopolitan cities. Here, the supermarket is next door to a Thai restaurant, the second-hand store run by some Christian organisation sits beside a sex shop, the Scientologists share a street with a gay club, a library, a gym, and a kiosk selling lottery tickets and cigarettes, and so on… There is so much diversity when it comes to both people and shops. But different power relationships are associated with this diversity, a hierarchy. This also mirrors a narrative about our dreams and desires—about class and in-


In connection with The Street, you also made the work Pocket, a pocket zine that visitors can take home. What’s the idea behind this work?

Francesc Ruiz is based in Barcelona Commissioned for GIBCA 2017

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Göteborgs Konsthall/Röda Sten Konsthall Haegue Yang Series of Vulnerable Arrangements – Version Seoul, 2006/2017 7 light sculptures IV stand, light bulbs, fluorescent circular tube, infrared lamp, cable, fan, fabric ribbons, timer Courtesy of the artist Photo: Courtesy Hyunho Kim

Haegue Yang Swedish Villa, 2012 Aluminum Venetian blinds, aluminium hanging structure, powder coating, steel wire, cable, light bulbs 118✗244✗200 cm Collection Moderna Museet, Stockholm Photo: Courtesy Florian Kleinefenn

Supported by: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)

Haegue Yang

Haegue Yang rearranges everyday objects—such as blinds, electrical fans, lights and racks—into fragile sculptural arrangements. Balancing poetics and politics, her installations reflect a sense of precarity, particularly in relation to the subjects of migration, displacement, social class, labour and gender inequality—all factors in the processes of minoritisation. Series of Vulnerable Arrangements – Version Seoul is an early formative installation by Yang, typically combining elements that are ‘hard’ and ‘soft.’ The objects engage in a coexistence of mutual dependency. The installation consists of seven IV drip stands, which are animated with coloured lights, cords and a fan, arranged sculpturally and spatially in a way that provides them with a frail anthropomorphic quality. The humble life of these


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‘vulnerable arrangements’ can be seen as a metaphor for the fragility of coexistence in today’s society. Swedish Villa, made of yellow and blue Venetian blinds, references the Swedish flag. The arrangement is neither open nor closed, alluding simultaneously to both inside and outside, to the private and the public. The use of blinds in many of Yang’s installations references what the artist describes as ‘communities of absence’—those that sit on the periphery, closed off from mainstream society. The title Swedish Villa also tells us something about the banal aspirations cultivated by national cultures. Haegue Yang is based in Berlin and Seoul


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Haseeb Ahmed & Daniel G. Baird Has the World Already been Made? X 10: Belfries, 2017 Mixed media installation, dimensions variable Courtesy the artists

Haseeb Ahmed & Daniel G. Baird Could you please describe the art project you will be presenting at the Biennial?

Hasseb aHmed (Ha) – For the Biennial we are working on a project called Has the Work Already Been Done?. Over the past six years, Dan and I have been taking moulds of small fragments of buildings and objects from around the world. daniel G. baird (db) – Over the years, we’ve accumulated a very large library of moulded fragments. The project keeps growing, and is full of references between the collected fragments. Ha – Yes, the mouldings are self-referencing and are full-sized copies of things that exist in real life. All these pieces are consolidated in sculptures or installations, and our mouldings are from as distant places as Moscow, California and Pakistan. Sometimes, we say that we are constructing spaces or places, with a sculptural vocabulary, a kind of “grammar of ornaments,” to use a term coined in the 19th century by the architect and designer Owen Jones. db – Our work for GibCa is in two parts, one for each venue. They are based on our notion of a clock tower, or, more specifically, the belfry. The central component of each piece is a mould of the part of the clock tower that houses the actual clock face.


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Ha – We always take an architectural archetype as our starting point for an installation, for instance, fountains, bridges or facades. The belfries are classed as French-Belgian world heritage sites today, and are regarded as early examples of secular architecture. Every town had two buildings with towers: the cathedral or church, and another for more secular purposes. The courthouse would have a secular tower, often adorned with a clock. These two parallel buildings and towers can be seen as an early separation of the church and the state. What questions do you want to raise with your work?

Ha – The idea of a universal aesthetics arose in the 18th century, at the height of colonialism, when things moved around the world. Could the parts that we’ve moulded represent the whole that they are a part of ? Can this single fragment make the totality present in a different place? Are the same aesthetic preferences found all over the world? Normally, we emphasise the differences when we look at the world. But for us, the similarities are more interesting. Our project is called Has the World Already Been Made? How can the world be reconstructed in its own image? Haseeb Ahmed is based in Brussels Daniel G. Baird is based in Chicago Commissioned for GIBCA 2017


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Hilma af Klint Blå Bok # 4, October – December 1907 Sketchbooks of automatic drawings by "The Five" Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation Photo: Courtesy Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet-Stockholm

Hilma af Klint

Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, Supported by: Milox


Active at the beginning of the 20th century, Hilma af Klint is considered a pioneer of abstract modernist painting. Her work is sometimes understood in the context of early Modernism, where artists were searching for new ways of representing aesthetics, politics, science and spirituality. Yet for af Klint, the paintings resulted through direct influences from the spirit world. Her paintings were very much connected to her beliefs in Theosophy and Rosencreutz. Hilma af Klint created over 1,200 paintings that are vivid and experimental, incorporating symbolism and text. However, the artist never exhibited these paintings during her lifetime, understanding they offered a radical new trajectory for art that might only be appreciated in the future.

levels of belief. She was part of a group of female artists named ‘De Fem’ (The Five), who would meet each Friday. The group conducted Christian sermons and meditated, analysed the New Testament and attempted to contact the spirit world. The group would also create ‘automatic drawings’ in sketchbooks through channelling ‘The High Masters.’ Hilma af Klint (1862 –1944) was based in Stockholm

Hilma af Klint’s Blue Sketchbooks have a discursive quality as part of the artist’s everyday experiences. They contain photographs of her paintings alongside painted reproductions in colour—as photography only existed at that time in black and white. The painter would show the images in her books to people she met, and engage them in conversation about what the meaning of the image could be. This life of searching for meaning was also enacted through spiritual activities together with others practicing theosophy—a small community in Sweden at that time, in a country with low

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Göteborgs Konsthall/Röda Sten Konsthall/ Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen Supported by: Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Art Workshops, The Cultural Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery

Jens Haaning

Jens Haaning Turkish Jokes (Grønlands Torg, Oslo), 1994 Poster, 83,5✗59,5 cm Courtesy of Studio Jens Haaning Photo: Courtesy the artist

Jens Haaning is one of the most significant and critically-engaged artists of his generation. Haaning has produced a body of conceptual artworks since the 1990s, which—when seen together—offers an acute reflection of a complex and changing society in the West. The works necessitate a debate around secularisation, including the related subjects of migration, displacement, gender equality, nationalism, and freedom of expression. For this edition of GIBCA, a significant section of the biennial is devoted to Jens Haaning’s practice, functioning as an early-career survey. It begins with the work Turkish Jokes from 1994, which could be seen as his artistic ‘big bang.’ For the duration of the biennial, the work will be presented in Hjalmar Branting Square in Gothenburg. The presentation in Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art is one of the largest of Jens Haaning’s work to date, particularly in the Nordic Region.

Jens Haaning Sverige, 2017 Courtesy Studio Jens Haaning

Jens Haaning is based in Copenhagen


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Göteborgs Konsthall Produced with help from: EMS Elektronmusikstudion Thanks to: Isak Nordell/SVART, Mikael Goralski, Jan Håfström

Joakim Forsgren Vindtunnel / Wind Tunnel, 2015 From the installation The Ressurection of Carolus Rex 240✗103✗40 cm Courtesy the artist Photo: Courtesy Ari Luostarinen

Joakim Forsgren Gobelänger / Tapestries, undated From the installation The Ressurection of Carolus Rex 103✗235 cm Courtesy the artist Photo: Courtesy Ari Luostarinen

Joakim Forsgren Joakim Forsgren has spent a number of years looking to understand the mindset and motivations of right-wing nationalist movements in Sweden. His art seeks to unpack the historical symbols and figureheads appropriated in ideological ways by these movements. The work The Resurrection of Carolus Rex has numerous components and continues to expand. It considers the figure of Carolus Rex (Charles XII), the infamous Swedish ‘warrior king’ appropriated as a nationalist icon. Research led the artist to some surprising anecdotes that bring a complexity to the figure of Carolus Rex: whilst lying sick in the city of Bender, present day Moldovia, the king became obsessed with depictions of the landscape gardens of Constantinople sent back by emissaries. Mistaking the cypress trees for Norway spruce (Picea abies), the king had the idea for a similar plantation in Stockholm—a proposal that was immediately discarded by the royal architect. During the same era, the natural spruce forests in rural Sweden where continuously cut down to supply heat in iron mills. Today, most of the spruce forests, the symbol of Swedish nature, have been planted by man. There are a number of items in the display, including tapestries, sound sculptures, and silhouettes of Carolus Rex, all made in Forsgren’s typical homespun garage aesthetic. Additionally, the works focus on the bullet hole in the king’s head, as photographed when the body was exhumed in modern times. Joakim Forsgren is based in Stockholm Commissioned for GIBCA 2017


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Chalmers University Of Technology

Jonas Staal Monument to Capital, 2013 Video still Courtesy the artist Jonas Staal Monument to Capital, 2013 Lightbox Courtesy the artist

Jonas Staal Jonas Staal is an artist whose practice is located at the intersection of art, architecture, democracy and ideology. Supported by: The Cultural Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery

Staal is the founder of the New World Summit, an artistic and political organisation, which seeks to develop alternative parliaments with and for stateless peoples, autonomist groups and blacklisted organisations excluded from democratic processes. The fifth and most recent iteration is New World Summit: Rojava, located in the originally Kurdish region of Rojava in Syria. The region is populated by Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians and other groups, who have sought to self-govern, establishing the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava in support of grassroots democracy, gender and religious equality, and a communal economy. This autonomous government commissioned the New World Summit for a collaboration to design a new parliament for facilitating their ‘stateless democracy.’ For GIBCA, the scale model of the Rojava Parliament is on display at Göteborgs Konsthall.

to elucidate the parallel relationship over time between the construction of the world’s tallest buildings and the largest crashes in the Dow Jones stock exchange. In each instance, the height of the new tallest building is in symmetry with the largest stock market crash. Monument to Capital considers capitalism as the dominant belief system in post-secular times. The installation has been developed as a site-specific installation within the vast atrium of Chalmers University of Technology. Jonas Staal is based in Rotterdam and Athens Commissioned for GIBCA 2017

Jonas Staal’s work Monument to Capital proposes the idea that architectural monumentality is connected to deep financial precarity. Staal uses the Barclays Skyscraper Index as a basis


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The Museum Of Gothenburg Supported by: The Cultural Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery

The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland Elgaland-Vargaland Declaration, 1993 A4 offset on paper Courtesy the artist

The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland Elgaland-Vargaland Passport, 1993 Offset- and letterpress-print, 10✗13 cm booklet Courtesy the artist

The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland is a conceptual artwork consisting of a nation created by the artists Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren in 1991–1992. KREV is now celebrating its 25th anniversary by establishing the Ministry of Constitutions and Hierarchical Matters in Gothenburg. Through the ritual Transubstantiation II (dedicated to Margareta Orreblad, 1934–2016) KREV reflect on the purpose of nations, citizenship, and the rights of citizens as stipulated by constitutional law. Tell us about the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland.

The territory of Elgaland-Vargaland consists of all borderlands in the whole world. By these means, KREV neighbours all nations. The first thing we did after founding KREV was to send letters to all existing nations informing them of their new neighbour. The message was that either KREV takes over the borderland, or all borders between countries are removed.

What is happening in Gothenburg during the Biennial?

We will invite visitors to participate in a ritual, elevating those who wish into being kings. Being a king, we believe, is the same as being God. Everyone who has been through the ritual will be luminous with their inner exaltation. In this way, our social hierarchies will be abolished. We seek to even out the differences in society, along with the notion that some people are worth more than others. During the Biennial, visitors can read the constitutions of Elgaland-Vargaland and other countries, and are invited to write their own. Some rights are common to all national constitutions, while others vary. How do we view our rights, our obligations and our freedoms, given the opportunity to stipulate our own constitution? Carl Michael von Hausswolff is based in Stockholm

On some occasions, we present ourselves as kings. We have a realm each, thus KREV is two states that together form a nation, a kingdom.

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Leif Elggren is based in Stockholm


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Lawrence Abu Hamdan Contra Diction (Speech Against Itself), 2015 Two channel video installation, teleprompter, screen, speaker, 19:15 min. Dimensions variable Courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London

Lawrence Abu Hamdan Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s practice considers the relationship between speech acts, listening and human rights, particularly in the case of religious minorities seeking self-protection. Abu Hamdan’s work Contra Diction: Speech Against Itself is based upon the stories of alleged mass conversions of the Muslim Druze minority in Northern Syria by the more dominant fundamentalist Wahhabi Muslim groups. It describes how minor speech acts can help us to re-appraise the precision of speaking, the many ways of remaining silent and the unfaithful nature of one’s voice. Within the work, the artist himself considers the linguistics of Taqiyya, an old piece of Islamic jurisprudence practiced by esoteric minorities. It allows believing individuals to deny their faith or commit otherwise illegal acts when they are at risk of persecution or in a condition of statelessness. The work is a two-channel video installation. One of the screens is a teleprompter—an apparatus from which the political lie often originates. The viewer is invited to watch the video work through this transparent device, with its scrolling text, symbolising both duplicity and transparency. Lawrence Abu Hamdan is based in Berlin

L.E.FT Architects

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(Makram el Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine) with the participation of artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Nesrine Khodr

The Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque is a newly constructed place of worship in Moukhtara, located in the Chouf mountains of Lebanon, designed by L.E.FT Architects. It offers a contemporary interpretation of the architectural typologies of a conventional mosque, designed with a certain lightness to be a space of worship for all denominations of Islam. The 100sqm mosque, commissioned by Walid Joumblatt, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP), is a reincarnation of a mosque that once stood in the same village, and which was destroyed in 1823. Mokhtara is a village shared by a small community of Druze and Christians, neither of which typically pray in mosques, so the building exists somewhere between a religious structure and a political gesture. At the entrance to the mosque, the word ‘Insan’ (Human Being) is inscribed, creating a Hegelian dialectic of God/Man, putting humanity as an integral part of the equation with God, as a reminder of the humanistic tradition of Islam. The mosque is designed as a rare anti-populist gesture against identitarianism in a moment when violence is increasing against those considered having the ’wrong’ identities. The artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan collaborated on certain design aspects of the mosque, particularly on non-architectural, aesthetic factors of its religious function. Working with the idea of the space being non-denominational, Abu Hamdan designed the prayer carpet, incorporating an image of soundwaves taken from a recording of Qur’anic recitation. Abu Hamdan together with Nisrine Khodr additionally created a new call to prayer for broadcast within the space. L.E.FT Architects have offices in Beirut and New York Photo: Bhaa Ghonssainy


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Musiclovers Records Vattentorn, Keillers Park, Göteborg, 8 August 2017 Photo: Maddie Leach

Mapping and interpreting the historical specificity of a particular site, Maddie Leach’s practice offers testament to communities, events and histories. Her project for GIBCA delves into black metal subculture in Sweden. Leach examined the story of the band Dissection from Strömstad, who became recognised as black metal pioneers in the 1990s. As typical within black metal culture, the group’s identity adopted images and symbols of darkness associated with the occult and the satanic. On 22 July 1997, the band’s lead singer Jon Nödtveidt and his friend murdered Josef Ben Meddour, a homosexual, Algerian man, in Keillers Park in Gothenburg. He had been shot two times and was found near a stone water tower. Described as a homophobic hate crime, both men eventually confessed and were imprisoned for the murder. The lead singer was released in 2004 and reformed Dissection before committing suicide in 2006. The title of Leach’s project, The Grief Prophesy, references Dissection’s first demo The Grief Prophesy from 1991. Leach has collaborated with the artist Kristian Wåhlin (‘Necrolord’), who produced album covers for Dissection, asking him to create an image of the water tower in Keillers Park. Here we also see the Gothenburg Mosque, symbolising the pluralisation of beliefs and backgrounds of people in Sweden over recent decades. This image appears on the cover of a new vinyl recording containing slowed-down versions of a Dissection instrumental called Into Infinite Obscurity, performed


Supported by: The Cultural Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg

Maddie Leach on hurdy-gurdy and oud. Hurdy-gurdy (vevlira) is an instrument associated with the kind of Swedish folk music that nationalistic parties promote as ‘Swedish culture.’ The oud is an instrument originating in North Africa and the Middle East. As a form of lament, these elongated recordings sit in relation to ideas of continued invisibility and memory that underpin The Grief Prophesy project. An unrealised part of the project was based in Keillers Park itself. Leach observed a roughly drawn inverted pentagram, marking the water tower site, on a public map depicting key features in the park. As a response to this coded gesture, the artist proposed to engrave a small pentagram on the water tower’s entrance. The pentagram, a symbol common to different religions and folklore is, to many, inextricably linked to satanic aesthetics and the occult. However here the pentagram was to be configured the ‘opposite’ way round, in which it is associated with notions of protection, banishing, harmony and justice - intended as a quiet counter-action to mark 20 years since the murder of Meddour. Permission was declined for the proposal. An edition of 417 records of the sound piece The Grief Prophesy will be released and handed out at Musiclovers Records/Café Höga Nord, Tuesday, 26 September, 5–7 pm. Maddie Leach is based in Gothenburg Commissioned for GIBCA 2017

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Röda Sten Konsthall

Michèle Matyn Drool, 2016 Courtesy the artist and Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerp Photo: courtesy the artist

Michèle Matyn Protected by the Kindness of Your Nature, 2017 Courtesy the artist and Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerp Photo: courtesy the artist

Michèle Matyn Made Mayrem, 2016 Courtesy the artist and Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerp Photo: Courtesy M HKA

Michèle Matyn Michèle Matyn considers the ways myths, folklore and religiosity are formed through our interaction with nature. Matyn’s work often begins with a journey to remote locations that might inspire belief in the supernatural. Her works typically feel ‘homespun,’ evoking esoteric culture as well as the anthropomorphic gaze onto the outer world.

Supported by: The Flemish Community

Matyn has produced a body of photographs and sculptures— often used for performances—that depict natural forms and shrines and consider objects and environments as living entities. Her display brings together different forms, characters and encounters which relate to the roles of women in society.

The sculpture Bilpannen (English: Thigh-Tiles) is a sculpture made through a performance Matyn made together with six other women by placing clay over their thighs, before baking them in a paper kiln. This method is a pre-industrial tile-making technique by women in rural regions of Europe. The tiles use the woman’s body to create protective structures. The work Made Mayrem is a photograph of a shrine for women in the Caucasus mountains, a region with strong pagan beliefs. Michèle Matyn is based in Antwerp Commissioned for GIBCA 2017

Matyn has made a new performance for the pier outside of Röda Sten Konsthall using the costumed characters Drool, Very Very Happy and Difficult Road I & II. Her performance is based on the historic folk art-based myth behind the Jenny Haniver—a ray’s carcass that has been modified and dried resembling a devil-like creature, believed to possess magical powers in 16th century Belgium ports. The Jenny Haniver is used as a votive offering to be returned to the sea, restoring balance in the world.


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Photo: Courtesy Måns Wrange

Måns Wrange the exhibition period, as the starting point for an exploration of the increasingly polarized public discourse in relation to the transformation of the media landscape. By the use of interviews, opinion polls as well as AI-based text analysis technology, the project will explore the dramaturgy of sentiments and opinions in the public sphere during the period of the biennial. The project will result in a film, which will be produced in collaboration with Igor Isaksson at Mu.

Supported by: The Cultural Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery

With a background in moral philosophy, Måns Wrange has developed many artistic research projects into the dynamics of behaviour and social consciousness in the contemporary world. Wrange’s projects can last many years or even decades, and regularly involve collaborations considered unusual within the artistic sphere. This will often, for example, include collaborations with agencies involved in developing technology for tracking and even manipulating the conversations and behaviour of the public. They are agencies that develop sophisticated methods and algorithms for mapping the debates and mood patterns in the digital sphere, which are regularly utilised by political lobbyists and PR, security services, financial markets and technology companies alike. By exploring the same technologies and methods, Wrange’s projects investigate the ability for effective and genuine pluralistic debate in politics and society.

Måns Wrange is based in Stockholm Commissioned for GIBCA 2017 The project is conducted in collaboration with: Igor Isaksson, Architect and Designer Maria Karlsson, Senior Lecturer in Literature, Researcher in Rhetoric Ingela Ekwall, Dramaturg Jussi Karlgren, Adjunct Professor in Language Technology, Co-Founder of Gavagai

Måns Wrange’s project for GIBCA 2017 will take the response to the biennial, and other current events in Gothenburg during


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Röda Sten Konsthall

Olivia Plender Bring Back Robin Hood, 2008 (works from the series) Ink on paper 29.7✗21 cm © Olivia Plender, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Olivia Plender Olivia Plender’s research-based artistic practice has considered alternatives modes of living, education and belief. Plender’s work is based on case studies from social history, often of fringe or working-class movements in the 19th and early 20th century. She examines the emancipatory potential of these groups, and their connections to causes such as the campaign for women’s suffrage and the co-operative movement. Plender’s work presented in the biennial is a set of drawings inspired by the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a renegade boy-scout splinter movement founded in 1920, who sought alternative models for education and self-learning. Led by John Hargrave,


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the Kibbo Kift evolved from being an arts and crafts influenced democratic youth movement into something more like a religious cult, and then later into a campaign for monetary reform. The Kibbo Kift was opposed to the ‘useless toil’ of the factory, adopting William Morris’s ideal of a return to a pre-industrial golden age. They later outlined a plan for a universal basic income, in order to free people from the necessity to work. However, during the Great Depression of the 1930s between World War I and II, they mobilised as a uniformed group, a period during which Europe also saw the rise of fascism. Olivia Plender is based in Stockholm


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Public Movement Debriefing Session I, 2013 Performance Photo: Courtesy Carmen Uriarte Courtesy the artist

Public Movement What is Public Movement?

Public Movement is a research and action body that investigates political actions through performance in public space. We are interested in public choreographies and ask questions such as: What does it mean to move as a citizen? How does the state move? We study and work with state institutions, but also collaborate with activists and groups of civil resistance. Over the past few years we have started working with what we call discursive events, to explore the choreography of discourse, different compositions of knowledge exchange, and how information travels. How does your work relate to the Biennial’s theme on secularity?


Can you tell us about your collaboration?

Supported by: The Cultural Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery

One phenomenon we are researching is that of ‘civil pilgrimage’ which started to appear in the field of sociology and anthropology around the 1980s. It referred to the way nation-states adapt, co-op, or adjust religious phenomena and practices to aid in nation building and in the construction of national identity. In particular, we have studied Birthright Israel, which is a ten-day trip given for free to Jews between 18 and 26 years old. It started as an American phenomenon, but is worldwide now. This year, there are 28 Swedish Jewish youths who are taking this trip. The participants of these trips form a strong bond to the state of Israel, even if they didn’t share an ideology before. This bond is built through carefully choreographed physical, mental and intellectual experiences. The anthropologist Victor Turner uses the term ‘communitas’ to describe religious rituals that transform a subject into a member of a community. We are looking at Birthright Israel as one such phenomenon, and at some cases in which the philanthropy behind it is motivated by parallel ambitions in the art world.

Can you tell us about Debriefing Sessions?

Debriefing Sessions is a performance-based artwork comprising of one-on-one meetings. The audience comes and interacts with a Public Movement agent, who delivers an account of our research about the cultural boycott of Israel, civil pilgrimage, and the ways that art and politics meet through funding. Debriefing Sessions is set in a prestigious hotel—one where diplomats and politicians would stay, a place where informal exchanges, the transfer of knowledge, and secret handshakes take place. The attendees of the performance find themselves situated in an illicit scenario, to create a lived experience. Public Movement is a multifaceted body composed of many collaborators and participants, Members and Agents. We met in 2011 while working on a project for the New Museum in New York and have been collaborating ever since, and we co-created several key exhibitions and co-authored the book Solutions 263: Double Agent, published by Sternberg Press. Together we explore meeting points between the choreographic and the curatorial, to understand the ways in which political actions are experiences, embodied, and archived. The movement of knowledge and research uses the body as a conduit. Public Movement is based in Tel Aviv Access to Debriefing Session: Gothenburg is limited, and a reservation is required. Email: debriefingsessions@gibca.se to schedule your one-on-one session, and you will receive instructions for how to participate in Debriefing Session: Gothenburg.

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Röda Sten Konsthall

Riikka Kuoppala And That's All I Remember, 2015 Video installation with mapping, 17 min. Production: Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains Courtesy the artist Photo: courtesy the artist

Riikka Kuoppala

Supported by: Frame Contemporary Art Finland


Riikka Kuoppala works primarily with video and investigates memory and personal narrative within the wider context of historical events, seeking to understand subjects such as colonialism, violence and trauma. In her installation And That's All I Remember, Kuoppala traces the history of her grandparents, who were Christian missionaries in Namibia during the 1950s. The video follows the artist looking at the story of her grandmother Eila Plathan-Saarinen, a young doctor, focusing on the day of her sudden death in 1954. Looking to present a story in three dimensions and from multiple perspectives, the personal memories in the film intertwine testimonies with historical events. These stories address how missionary work, apartheid and colonialism supress rights to self-determination. Namibia had suffered genocide under Ger-

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man colonial rule at the beginning of the 20th century, and most of the population was converted to Protestantism primarily through German and Finnish missionaries. Half of the population still identifies as Lutheran today. Religious conversion, particularly the presence of Lutheranism in this case, can be identified as part of the chain of colonialism, as Finland itself identifies primarily as a Lutheran nation due to the historic colonialism by Sweden. Riikka Kuoppala is based in Brussels Cinematography: Pekka Niskanen Sound design: Valentine Gelin and Pierre George Mix in situ: Sébastien Cabour Colour grading: Baptiste Evrard Programmation: Paul Guilbert Production: Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains Production support: AVEK, Oskar Öflund Foundation


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Rose Borthwick Production image: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Paris, France. Temple Open House, May 2017 Photo: Rose Borthwick

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Her new work, In But Not Of, similarly draws attention to a possible middle ground between modern faith systems and artistic practices, and was triggered by an accidental encounter in Gothenburg with two American missionaries from the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). A dialogue unfolded about the meaning of having strong faith in


the context of an art project, revealing two kinds of engagement towards the subject matter; the missionaries to proselytise, and the artist to research and generate material for an artwork.

Supported by: Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg

Recent projects by Rose Borthwick look at the modes of conversation and persuasion employed by different religious groups for the purposes of recruiting individual members of the public to their faith or community. The artist has held conversations with members of groups such as Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, looking to recruit her, whilst she has in turn sought to engage them in a discourse about art, trying to convert them to believe in art’s value.

The work reflects the realities of exchange between different positions, including the difficulty to accept other perspectives or rights, but also the occasional formation of unexpected alliances. Within the installation notionally resembling a Mormon ‘instruction’ room, Borthwick presents films based on her encounters with Mormon representatives, and the rhetorical and pedagogical strategies employed in these contexts. Rose Borthwick is based in Gothenburg Commissioned for GIBCA 2017

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GĂśteborgs Konsthall

Santiago Mostyn Citizen (video still), 2017 Two-channel, HD video projection channel 1: 27 min., channel 2: 4 hours. 50 min. Courtesy the artist

Santiago Mostyn

Santiago Mostyn places the body, most often his own, at the centre of his practice to examine notions of self and otherness. Often undertaking actions that require physical or mental endurance, he places himself in situations where he is left to negotiate what he encounters. Mostyn’s work Citizen documents a recent action in which the artist bought a small boat and rowed across the Mediterranean Sea, from Dilek Peninsula in Turkey to Samos in Greece. Presented as a double-projection, the work follows the journey in real time. One side documents the artist departing Turkey and rowing away in the direction of Greece, and the other shows Mostyn coming towards the Greek side. Most of what we see is the serenity of the artist in his boat


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surrounded by the sea, in a vast space of openness and surrender. It is also significant that the artist undertook this action without the necessary permissions, aware that Europe has a policy to protect its borders against mass migration. In undertaking this journey, mirroring that taken by asylum seekers in recent years, Mostyn acknowledges that the history of the Mediterranean has been significant in understanding both the origins and development of modern societies, and the European self-image. The ocean is something integral to sustaining life, yet also to death—not least, considering the number of undocumented migrants drowning during their journey across the Mediterranean. Santiago Mostyn is based in Stockholm


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Saskia Holmkvist, Ellen Nyman och Corina Oprea Sicherheit (video still), 2017 Videowork, 24:20 min. Courtesy the artists

Saskia Holmkvist, Ellen Nyman and Corina Oprea are present in the biennial with their joint video work Sicherheit (German for security) taking the form of an installation at Göteborgs konsthall. The film lays bare the Western contradictory approach to conflicts in other countries, and portrays the cynicism of being a successful arms-exporting nation and the epitome of humanitarian values.

Where did you get the idea for the film?

The film is a parafictive road movie based on documentary material. We seek to give a voice to the people who are affected by armed conflicts, highlighting the fact that several of the countries involved in armed conflicts don’t actually produce weapons themselves, but import them from other countries. We were curious about the link between exports and security policy, or exports as security policy, and what the consequences are for others, in terms of conflicts, refugee flows, migration. One of the people we interview in the film refers to the German sociologist Ulrich Beck, who says that if we put democracy in relation to safety, safety will always win. That is why the greatest task for a democratic society is to avoid being faced with the choice between democracy and safety. So, the paradox with safety is that it is not necessarily that safe… Indeed, conflicts are often accelerated by increased demands on safety and security.

In his movies I Am Curious (Blue) and I Am Curious (Yellow), Vilgot Sjöman uses an approach that inspired us. He takes the temperature on society by confronting people in the street with direct questions. It felt important to check the situation with regards to several current issues relating to the national self-image. It took us two years to make the film, and we did fairly extensive research before being able to specify that safety, from various perspectives, was a question that we felt was urgent today. We began with migration and how we could work on that issue without repeating the narrative that media is already telling. In the course of our work on the film, the conflict in Syria escalated, and even if Sweden doesn’t export arms directly to Syria today, it nevertheless prompted questions about responsibility and participation.: the paradoxical thing about being both passive and active in armed conflicts, in both promoting exports of defence material and weapons and engaging in peace-keeping activities and in both opening and closing one’s borders. A Western Catch 22 that several countries, apart from Sweden, are embroiled in or allow others to be entangled in. The film is more opaque than a classic documentary; the weapon factories are never shown, for instance. Instead, we travel through a landscape and never actually get to the arms industry. It looms over the country, forever intangible and evasive.


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Presentation supported by: KHiO - Oslo National Academy of the Arts Production of Sicherheit supported by: KHiO - Oslo National Academy of the Arts, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee Thanks to: Skogen The Romanian Culture Institute in Stockholm

Saskia Holmkvist, Ellen Nyman & Corina Oprea


Gamlestaden – Hjällbo

Shilpa Gupta WheredoIendandyoubegin, 2012 LED based light installation, 880✗68 cm Photo: Courtesy Faurschou Foundation Courtesy: The Artist & Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana

Presented in collaboration with Göteborg Konst , Safe and Beautiful City & Angered District Administration

Shilpa Gupta

Shilpa Gupta creates artworks that examine notions of desire, conflict and security. Though her works could be interpreted as being based on social or political situations, rooted in particular cultural contexts, Gupta keeps their specificity decidedly open, allowing them the space for reinterpretation wherever they are shown. WheredoIendandyoubegin is a neon sign text work by Gupta. Functioning as a piece of visual poetry, the spaces between the words and the question mark are absent, making one compounded word. The work can be understood as a reflection on the make-up of society, considering the tensions between private and public, and the boundaries of where one person’s actions


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encroach on the space of another. The work is always presented in locations that are in one way or another ‘in between’ spaces or situations. For example, the work was previously presented on the Danish coast, and on another occasion presented in Edinburgh during the lead up to the referendum on Scottish independence. Here—in the heavily segregated city of Gothenburg—the work is presented in the Gamlestaden district, considered a transitional zone or industrial no-man’s-land, between the city centre and underprivileged suburban zones, such as Angered, that have seen heavy migration. Shilpa Gupta is based in Mumbai


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Sille Storihle The Stonewall Nation (video still), 2015 HD video, 15 min. Courtesy the artist Photo: Courtesy the artist

Sille Storihle Sille Storihle makes experimental videos and documentaries that consider power in relation to questions of citizenship, gender and sexuality. Her work is research-based, looking at historical narratives that are ideologically loaded.

The video The Stonewall Nation is a re-enactment of an interview between gay activist Don Jackson and artist Olaf Odegaard (1938–1997) in 1986. After reading Carl Wittman’s gay manifesto, Jackson aimed to establish a separatist gay community in Alpine County, California, in 1970, which ultimately never came to fruition. Storihle questions the ideological reasoning behind this movement, on the one hand, unpacking the


The Tomorrow Show is an interview with the actor Michael Kearns, who plays Don Jackson in The Stonewall Nation. Set in Kearns’ bedroom, the work focuses on his life as ‘the Happy Hustler’ in the mid-1970s, a fictional role he took both on and off-screen. Attempting to recall the wild days of his alter ego Grant Tracy Saxon, the work presents an unsettling narrative of identity and selfhood, where an aging gay man sees himself in another man from a distant memory.

Supported by: OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway

ONE MAN SHOW is an installation comprising three components, drawn from archival material from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. It examines the politics of archival documents, and attempts to exhaust the focus on the gay white male as the central figure of queer history.

desire for a promised-land allowing sexual freedom, yet on the other, seeing it as an identitarian and colonialist vision to force through an exclusively gay colony.

Sille Storihle is based in Berlin and Oslo

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Photo: Courtesy the artist

Vector Supported by: The Cultural Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery

Vector is a newly formed interdisciplinary group working with projects that examine social and political issues through interventionist strategies. Vector construct their projects as a form of socio-political ‘stress tests,’ in order to expose rifts in the social fabric of the contexts where their projects take place. During the exhibition period of the biennial, Vector will create the social sculpture The Banned Image on the main public space of Gothenburg, Götaplatsen. The social sculpture investigates the


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limits of what is allowed to be visible in public space in the secular Swedish society. When completed, the work will be presented sometime at the second half of biennial period. The members of Vector are, parallel with their work with the projects of the group, also active in other constellations and contexts on several continents. Commissioned for GIBCA 2017


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We’re Saying What You’re Thinking Presented as a mini-exhibition entitled We’re Saying What You’re Thinking, after a film by artist Johan Tirén, these historic works, many of which are from the period of the 1990s—early 2000s, consider how artists have addressed a range of issues related to secularity over recent decades. Focusing on Sweden as well as the wider Nordic region, these artworks in their individual ways consider subjects such as governance, migration, gender roles, sexuality and empowerment. As video works, they also reflect on the role of video as a means for engaging in social and political questions, and spark a debate about the right to speak on behalf of others.

Jesper Nordahl Jinnah Cricket Club, 2004 Video, 23 mins.

Jinnah Cricket Club is a video Jesper Nordahl made in collaboration with a cricket team in Fittja, a suburb of Stockholm. The video is based on a series of interviews with team members, all of whom have come to Sweden from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. As a consequence of immigration, this British colonial sport is now a relatively widespread activity in Sweden. One wish expressed by several team members is to set up a Swedish national cricket team, so that they can represent their new country.

Ellen Nyman

SPACECAMPAIGN Danish Election, 2002 Video, 3:45 mins.

The actor, artist and activist Ellen Nyman has run a political project called SPACECAMPAIGN, that organizes actions, often with high media appeal, in order to challenge and introduce new, more inclusive images of society. On the 20th of November 2001, the evening of an election in Denmark, Nyman stood at the entrance of the Danish Parliament in the glare of the broadcas-

ting media, wrapped in an Ikea tablecloth to resemble a stereotype of an Eritrean woman. Aiming to directly address the right-wing populist Danish People’s Party, who openly reject the idea of multicultural society, she sings the Danish National Anthem just as their party leader, Pia Kjaersgaard, walks past and into the building. Courtesy Gothenburg Museum of Art

Lene Adler Petersen & Bjørn Nørgaard

The Female Christ II, The Expulsion from the Temple, 29 May 1969, 1969 8mm film transferred to video, 30 mins.

At 15.30 on the 29th of May 1969, a Female Christ walks naked and unannounced through the large hall of the Copenhagen Stock Exchange whilst carrying a large cross. In this public, yet male-dominated space, we witness the startling contrast between the lone naked woman (Lene Adler Petersen) and the many formally-dressed businessmen. The action can be considered an investigation into social and cultural structures, of spiritual versus material values, and of gender roles and power. These actions organized by Adler Petersen and Bjørn Nørgaard became

some of the most iconic images of modern art in Denmark. The action took place the day before pornography was legalised in Denmark, making it the first European country to do so.

Lene Adler Petersen, Bjørn Nørgaard & Henning Christiansen Hesteofringen (Horse Sacrifice), 1970

8mm film transferred to video, 17:35 mins.

Ellen Nyman SPACECAMPAIGN Danish Election, 2001 Video, 4 min. Courtesy the artist

Horse Sacrifice was an action initiated by Bjørn Nørgaard in protest against the indifference towards the Vietnam War. The work received protests and was regarded as highly controversial. It took place on the 30th of January 1970 in a field at Kirke Hyllinge in the Hornsherred peninsula of Eastern Denmark. The action, which was considered Nørgaard's artistic breakthrough, was organized and filmed in collaboration with Henning Christiansen and Lene Adler Petersen, and like many of his early works together with Adler Petersen, deals with religion and myth. We see a ritualistic slaughtering of the horse in a manner drawing on ancient Nordic myth and symbolism. Adler Petersen is singing, Christiansen is performing music and Nørgaard in the role of the shaman is dissecting the horse – an ancient symbol of both fertility and death. After the slaughter, the segments of the horse were put into 199 preservation jars. Nørgaard later stated: “The fact that Horse Sacrifice was so shocking to people presumably resided in the fact that it introduced death into the reality of modern people—deliberately and brutally. And by the fact that if anything evokes pity when it involves human beings, it always evokes more pity when it involves animals. But we can only live if we recognize death.” The work will be presented at Röda Sten Konsthall.

Marko Raat

For Aesthetic Reasons, 1999 Video, 28 mins.

For Aesthetic Reasons documents the journey of Estonian art historian Andres Kurg, travelling by road from Estonia to Denmark, via Germany. At the Danish border, he states that he would


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like to move to Denmark because he likes Danish Modernism and design, and desires for example to live in a home designed by Arne Jacobsen containing items by Bang & Olufsen. Bemused by this unusual request, the border agents refer him to the police, who in turn refer him to the criminal police, who then refer him to the immigration office. Not surprisingly, this chain of referrals leads nowhere. In 1999, Estonia had not yet joined the EU, and Estonians did not yet benefit from its freedom of movement. With a distinct ironic humour, it asks two serious questions: Why can’t people move around for nice reasons, and not only the bad? and, Is there an aesthetic dimension to migration?

Claes Söderquist

The Return of the Buffalo, 1970–2012 16mm film transferred to video, 19 mins.

The Return of the Buffalo is a film about Claes Söderquist’s experiences in 1970 of the occupation of Alcatraz Island by the Indians of All Tribes group, and his visit many years later. Demanding emancipation and equality for indigenous ‘first nation’ people in America, the occupiers had built a functioning society on the prison island, with family life, cultural centres and schools. In a voice-over, the school teacher Bob Bradley discusses the reasons for the occupation—political inequality, social problems and the difficult situation for minorities in the United States. Courtesy Filmform and the artist

Jannicke Låker Nr. 17, 1997

Video, 11 mins.

Supported by: The Cultural Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery

Nr. 17 is a video by Jannicke Låker in which she meets an American man in the street and invites him back to her home, filming him the whole time. She talks to him in a forward and flirtatious manner, even asking him to pose, remove his shirt and dance for her. In a reversal of typical gender roles, she pushes the levels to which she can objectify him, and eventually forces him to leave due to his visible discomfort in continuing to do a she desires. The work was inspired by talk shows such as Jerry Springer, where regular people were exposed in humiliating ways. Courtesy Filmform and the artist

Catti Brandelius

En vanlig dag (An Ordinary Day), 1996 Video, 5:14 mins.

An Ordinary Day is a video by Catti Brandelius in which she introduces the everyday life of her alter ego Miss Universe. Taking place in her own apartment, we witness the privileged life of a beauty queen, in which her servants feed, clean, dress and entertain their successful and beautiful master. The work can be seen as a feminist satire on the roles as well as role models for women in Western society that limit aspirations to those based on looks. Courtesy Filmform and the artist

Elin Magnusson Get Off, 2008

Video, 6 mins.

In her video Get Off, the artist Elin Magnusson undertakes a journey to take back what she believes has been taken from her—the right of sexuality on her own terms within the public sphere. We see her visit four locations in the city— the zoo, a church, a football match and a library. For the artist, her actions are considered as both a manifestation and a ceremony. Courtesy Filmform and the artist

Guds söner (Leif Elggren & Kent Tankred) Makten är din! (The Power is Yours!), 2003 Video, 7 mins.

For the Sons of God, their video The Power is Yours! is a tool for transcendence. It aims to restore balance and equality of values and rites between all people in this life. The video seeks to short-circuit the hegemony of the Pope and the Catholic Church, but ultimately of organized religion of all kinds. A new system is established by the artists, which keeps us in contact with the creator of everything, where there is no organized power structure and no rules. This video itself provides an open channel to that which has been withheld to everyone on earth—the right to self-determination, and to be one’s own god. Courtesy Filmform and the artists

Cecilia Lundqvist Emblem, 2001

Video, 2:27 mins.

Emblem is an animation video addressing domestic violence—the physical and psychological violence towards women within the private space of the home. The animation illustrates the rather monotonous life of two characters and the submission of the wife to her husband’s mysogynist and violent behaviour. In one scene, the woman is, for example, dressed in a bathing costume performing certain gymnastic movements, observed by the man. In others, the woman is seen with several bruises visible on her body. In the soundtrack, we hear a dialogue between the man and the woman, monotonous and repetitious, giving the sense of being trapped on a treadmill. Courtesy Filmform and the artist

Eva Linder

Det är sexigt att betala skatt (It’s Sexy to Pay Tax), 2005 Video, 19:40 mins.

It’s Sexy to Pay Tax is a video portrait of Maud, a woman who has worked for the Swedish Tax Agency for over 30 years. We gain insight into Maud’s working life, answering tax questions by telephone. Maud likes her job and is very proud to be good at it. She talks at length about the subject of tax, as well as how the Swedish people often tell on each other if they think someone is not paying their taxes. It leads her to talk about a

tattoo she had done that she shows particular pride in. She eventually exposes it—we see the logo of the Tax Agency tattooed on her bottom. “It’s sexy to pay tax,” is a renowned misquote from the Swedish minister Mona Sahlin in the mid-1990s. Courtesy Filmform and the artist

Johan Tirén

We’re saying what you’re thinking, 2005/2007 Video, 83:30 mins.

We’re saying what you’re thinking is an investigation of the core concepts behind the ideology and history of Sverigedemokraterna (Swedish Democrats), an ultranationalist party primarily concerned with immigration and how this issue affects Sweden. The party had received wide support in Skåne (the southern region of Sweden) during the September 2006 general election. In Sweden, as with many other European countries, far-right parties have managed to build a mainstream parliamentary platform. The video documents an interview with Jonas Åkerlund, who at the time was the party’s press secretary.

Dorinel Marc

Faran är över, tur att någon tror på Sverige (The Danger is Over, Lucky that Someone Believes in Sweden), 1995 Video: 1:48 mins.

The Danger is Over, Lucky that Someone Believes in Sweden provides a short documentation or field study from Stockholm in the 1990s, a period during which many people immigrated to Sweden from Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union, or in the effort to flee the conflict in the Balkans. The film depicts these new arrivals taking care of people’s children, cleaning homes or performing music in the streets. In the video, the text we see behind the musician—“Faran är över, tur att någon tror på Sverige,” meaning “The danger is over, lucky that someone believes in Sweden”—is from a political poster during an election campaign, providing this scenario with an ironic twist. Courtesy Filmform and the artist

Loulou Cherinet

Innat Etiopia (Mother Ethiopia), 2001 Video, 52 mins.

In the video Innat Etiopia (Mother Ethiopia), 50 interviews were performed and filmed around the Arat Kilo district of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All the interviewees where asked the three questions most frequently asked to a stranger: – Where do you come from? – How long have you been here? – What do you think about this place? Being residents, they often appear bemused but still responsive to such questions. The work provides a reversal of the typical gaze towards those considered outsiders, highlighting a certain absurdity in the assumptions and expectations we have towards those we perceive as foreign. Directed, filmed, edited and produced by Loulou Cherinet

Interviews by Tarik Taye


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Göteborgs Konsthall

A selection of historical artefacts are also presented in the exhibition. This includes the Västerås ordinantia, from the era of The Reformation in Europe, which was King Gustav Vasa's order in 1527 to make the crown the head of the church, thus turning to Lutheranism, as well as the legislation that came into force on 1st January 2000 for separating church and state in Sweden. Below you can read about two more historical projects in the biennial.

An archive exhibition on the presence of Sigrid Hjertén and Isaac Grünewald in Gothenburg An archival presentation by Andréas Hagström, program coordinator at Göteborgs Konsthall

As part of GIBCA 2017, Göteborgs Konsthall has organised a small archive exhibition, with material from the exhibitions of Sigrid Hjertén and Grünewald in 1923 and 1935, highlighting various facets of anti-Semitism and patriarchal oppression, and how this has influenced the historiography in relation to two of Sweden’s most prominent modernist artists. On 10 October, 1935, Sigrid Hjertén, Isaac Grünewald and their son Ivàn Grünewald opened their exhibition at Göteborgs Konsthall. Isaac Grünewald, who had compiled the exhibition, gave the entire main gallery to Hjertén. He placed his own and Ivàn’s works in the Small and Long Galleries. In effect, this exhibition was Sigrid Hjertén’s major breakthrough, not least among the art critics. But racism and sexism were rife in the media and followed the two artists throughout their careers. They were consistently compared to one another, often to belittle Grünewald’s art. The worst racism had been weeded out from the daily papers at this

time, however. Instead it was proliferated in openly anti-Semitic publications, including Vidi in Gothenburg, which berated the couple – and especially Isaac Grünewald – in almost every issue until 1931. The publications were less cautious in 1923, however, when reporting on an incident at Bohus Station. Grünewald and Hjertén were taking the train back to Gothenburg, where they were featured at the Jubilee Exhibition together with other Matisse students, after a party in Kungälv. Grünewald was stopped from boarding the train, and this culminated in a fight that led to one month in Långholmen Prison for Grünewald in 1926. The legal proceedings and the ensuing newspaper reports were full of overtly anti-Semitic sentiments. The presentation tells this story deeply rooted in Gothenburg’s past, and the historiography of two of Sweden’s most prominent modernists.

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Selected by Lars M. Andersson, Senior Lecturer in History, Uppsala University

The items in the exhibition are a selection of cartoons and comic strips published in Swedish newspapers and magazines in the early 20th century. The cartoons, regularly published between 1880 and 1930, are anti-Semitic in nature, depicting Jewish people in stereotypical physical forms and scenarios. They were included regularly in periodicals of all ideological inclinations, including Karbasen, Naggen, Kasper, Strix, Söndags-Nisse and Nya Nisse. The depictions of Jews typically stood in opposition to the stereotype of the Swede, offering insight into the construction of the Swedish self-image in relation to it’s supposed ‘other.’ For example, Jews are depicted as being overweight, unclean, dark-haired, and as money-obsessed traders, whereas the Swede


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is in contrast healthy, well-groomed, and blonde, and as an innocent bystander as they are being swindled. Artefacts such as these can also be seen in the wider context of anti-Semitism in much of Europe at that time. An essay by Lars M. Andersson, who made the selection, accompanies the display. The selection is taken from his book En jude är en jude är en jude – representationer av "juden" i svensk skämtpress omkring 1900–1930 (A Jew is a Jew is a Jew – Representations of “Jews” in the Swedish Media Between 1900–1930), published by Nordic Academic Press, Lund, 2000.


Supported by: Gothenburg University Library, Bohuslän Museum

Anti-Semitic Cartoons in Sweden

PROGRAMME GIBCA 2017 From start to finish, GIBCA offers a rich programme of events. See below for detailed information on talks, lectures, film screenings, workshops, guided tours and lots more. Schedule of events is subject to change. Please check www.gibca.se for most up-to-date information.

BRA 10 & GIBCA AT KONSTEPIDEMIN BRA 10 is a simple concept: A meeting place for artists, by artists. Four artists are invited every month: one to create a performance work, one to DJ, one to design the setting, and one who does the food. Each BRA 10 starts with a lecture. It’s a hit every time! During GIBCA’s opening week, local artists will meet up with the international artists featured at the Biennial, all within

Artist tAlk:

the framework of BRA 10. When:

Tuesday, 5 September 6 pm–midnight


Konstepidemin, Building 10


Maddie Leach, Thomas Bossius and Kristian (Necrolord) Wåhlin discuss black metal, aesthetics and memory.

Maddie Leach is an artist from New Zealand and a Senior Lecturer at Valand


Academy who lives and works in Gothen-

This year, all stops are pulled, and GIBCA Ex-

burg, She created the audio work The Grief

tended opens with the exhibition I want to

Prophesy for GIBCA, borrowing the title from

believe, featuring thirteen local and regional

a demo by the black metal band Dissection.

artists who give their respective takes on

Thomas Bossius has a Ph.D. in Musicolo-

the Biennial theme. The exhibition is presented at Konstepidemin. Participating artists: Ami Norda, Anna Liljedal, Anna Parker, Ea

gy, has studied religion, and is currently a

Röda Sten Konsthall

lecturer at the Department of Cultural Sci-

Foto: Hendrik Zeitler

ences at Gothenburg University. His field of

ten Kate, Emille de Blanche, Karin Elmgren,

research is human living conditions, focusing

Kristian Berglund, Marie Obbel Bondeson,

on the importance of music and religion in

Maxine Chionh, Olle Essvik, Rory Botha, Sara Ingrid Andersson and Yoko Andrén. The evening party takes place at both Kastellgatan and Konstepidemin, with previews, music and performances. Don’t miss the art night of the year in Gothenburg! Bedtime Stories – Mia Maljojoki at Four / UNLOGICAL MOVEMENTS – Fredrika Anderson, Dorna Aslanzadeh & Linn Lindström at Kastellgatan 8 / Inna di Video Light – Anna Rokka & Rut Karin Zettergren at Gallery 54 / It Starts With a Golden Rain – Therese


The soundpiece The Grief Prophesy is released

The grand opening of the 9th edition of

on vinyl this evening! An edition of 417 records

GIBCA entitled WheredoIendandyoubegin

are released and handed out. During the

– On Secularity! Enjoy the whole opening

evening Maddie Leach presents her project.

day and an unforgettable party with Klubb

Light food is provided for all guests. Come

Wonderland at Röda Sten Konsthall.

and mingle!

Saturday, 9 September


Tuesday, 26 September, 5–7pm

1.00 pm–1.30 pm: Opening address by Ann-Sofie


Musiclovers Records/Café Höga Nord


Wednesday 6 september 5 pm–9 pm


Kastellgatan and Konstepidemin



Konstepidemin, Building 10

This year, Valand Academy and GIBCA have joined forces to print a theme issue of PARSE Journal, titled Secularity, which will be presented in connection with drinks at Folk. DJs at the party will be Biennial artists Joakim Forsgren and Rose Borthwick, curator, Nav Haq and DJ Klas Trollius! Come and browse the journal and enjoy an unforgettable evening at Folk! When:

Friday 8 September8 pm–late


Folk, Järntorget


Wednesday, 27 September at 6.00 pm–7.30 pm


Göteborgs Konsthall

route between Röda Sten Konsthall and Götaplatsen Klubb Wonderland at Röda Sten

Klubb Wonderland is a group of artists, project organisers and DJs who arrange magical parties and happenings together. At GIBCA’s opening party, Klubb Wonderland ning with cool music, visuals and dancers! Featuring DJ Livsfarligt, DJ/VJ Studiokalej-


The talk will be in English.

Röda Sten Konsthall

invites you to a dream-like, electronic eve-


created a series of covers for Dissection.

do, DJ Feministpsykos, and more.

Ramberget, 417 01 Göteborg, Sweden. Kristian

Wednesday, 6 September 6 pm–mid-

his pseudonym, Necrolord. In the 1990s, he

Wåhlin, 2017. Commissioned by Maddie Leach


metal all over the world, and is known under

for The Grief Prophesy, 2017.

intensive BRA 10!

sleeves for bands in the genre of extreme

1.30 pm–3.30 pm: A bus service will operate the

Konsthall & Restaurant


cian based in Skanör, has designed album

Gothenburg Municipal Council, at

10 pm–3 am:

The evening continues with yet another

Kristian Wåhlin, an illustrator and musi-

Hermansson, Chairman of the

Parner på Gallery BOX / X /’All is Still, Still.’/! – Attila Urban at Gallery Konstepidemin.

everyday life.


I WANT TO BELIEVE AND GIBCA EXTENDED AT KONSTEPIDEMIN On Sunday, the local art scene meets for events, guided tours and performance art at Konstepidemin. This is the last opportunity to see the exhibition I want to believe. Sunday 10 September 11.30 am:

Gallery Konstepidemin VIP tour of Attila Urban’s exhibition for kids

12 pm:

Guided tour of the GIBCA Extended exhibition I want to believe

1 pm:

Artist Talk: Marika Hedemyr with international guests in Blå Huset

2 pm:

Artist Talk: Sandra Sterle, Artist-in-Residence in Angered

3 pm:

A Room of One’s Own – studio talk: Pecka Söderberg talks to Lina Ekdahl

4 pm:

Performance: Experiment With Dreams by Chawki&Runesson


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Extra! If you miss the screening of Burka

Mikela Lundahl, Lecturer at the Department

ty to see it later this autumn at Gerlesborg

of Global Studies at Gothenburg Univer-

School of Fine Art and Atalante.

sity, gives a lecture on gender equality, whiteness and secularity. As a researcher

Songs 2.0, you will have another opportuni-


Wednesday, 18 October, 6 – 8 pm


Gothenburg Central Library,

focusing on power, gender, sexuality, identity and culture, Lundahl will talk about the


is neutral and objective, whereas religion is


something other and deviating.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the

view on society that claims that secularity

In association with Folkuniversitetet.

Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, and GIBCA


Saturday, 30 September, 5.00 – 4.30 pm

is hosting the jubilee party at Folkbaren! The


Gothenburg Central Library,

artists Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Leif

staircase stage

Elggren, together with Joakim Nordwall, will perform various versions of the celebrated

Artist tAlk:


national anthem of the two kingdoms. The party also marks the release of artist Joa-

An artist talk with Santiago Mostyn, who

kim Forsgren’s 7-inch single, Resurrection of

will share his thoughts on his own artistic

Carolus Rex, published by Firework Edition

practice and the upcoming Moderna Exhibi-

Records. The single was produced for the

tion, which he will be curating together with

exhibition Gravöppning (The Opening of the

Joa Ljungberg.

Grave) with Leif Elggren, Joakim Forsgren

Santiago Mostyn’s oeuvre focuses on his own body as a way of exploring perceptions of Self and the Other, frequently

and Jan Håfström in 2015, but this will be the official release night. The violinist Jessica Moss, the visual

exposing himself to situations that require

artist James Hoff from New York, and Eli

both physical and mental endurance.

Keszler, American percussionist, composer

The talk will be in English.

and artist, will also perform.


Saturday 7 October at 2 pm–3 pm


Göteborgs Konsthall


Wednesday, 18 October at 8 pm –10 pm


Folkbaren, Folkteatern, Järntorget

25th Anniversary at Folk – official release of Joakim Forsgren’s 7-inch single, Resurrection of Carolus Rex, published by Firework Edition Records. 25th anniversary of Elgaland-Vargaland At Folk! Wednesday 18th october, Folkbaren. Kl 20.00–late.

Film screening:



In 2011, France outlawed face-coverings

Andréas Hagström talks to Bernhard

in public places. Hanna Högstedt received

Grünewald about the exhibition of Isaac

funding to make a film in which she walks

Grünewald and Sigrid Hjertén at Göte-

nager at Göteborgs Konsthall and a writer.

of “the Jew” as a “race type” that was

along the boulevard Champs Elysées in

borgs Konsthall in 1935 and their previous

He has compiled an archive exhibition for

different from the majority population also

Paris wearing a burqa and singing the

presence in Gothenburg. Anti-Semitism and

GIBCA on Grünewald/Hjertén in the Reading

became prolific and firmly established.

national anthem, until she is arrested. But it

patriarchal oppression – how were the two

Room at Göteborgs Konsthall.

The Biennial presents a selection of such

didn’t end the way she had expected. Burka

artists affected by this, and what were the


Saturday, 28 October at 2.00 pm–3.30 pm

implications on how their work was descri-


Göteborgs Konsthall

pictures, from the Swedish daily press

Songs 2.0 is a film about what went wrong, and what narratives are acknowledged in

bed in art history?

Sweden today.

between 1903 and 1921. Our purpose is to show the rise of stereotypical portrayals,

In 2011, Bernhard Grünewald, Isaac

and explain the mechanisms of stereotyping

PAnel Discussion:

with Fatima Doubakil, featured in the film,

Orientalen. Bilden av Isaac Grünewald i


and Hanna Högstedt, who directed it. The

svensk press 1909–1946 (The Oriental. The

In the first decades of the 20th century,

images? How do the anti-Semitic carica-

discussion will deal with the interpretative

Image of Isaac Grünewald in the Swedish

satirical magazines were an essential

tures of yore relate to today’s Mohammed

prerogative, solidarity and how we can

Press in 1909–1946).

ingredient in both emerging mass culture

caricatures or Charlie Hebdo’s satirical

and in political debate. Anti-Semitic images

drawings? How can we deal with a visual

The screening is followed by a talk

contribute to the struggles of others.

Grünewald’s grandson, published his book

Andréas Hagström is the Program Ma-

that we see today. How can we recognise and understand derogatory and clichéd

history based on anti-Semitism and racism without repeating it? Who can – and can’t – show this kind of picture, and whose freeFatima Doubakil

Foto: Annika Busch

dom of expression should be protected? This and much more will be discussed by Lars M Andersson, Senior Lecturer in History at Uppsala University and author of the thesis En jude är en jude är en jude (A Jew is a Jew is a Jew); Moa Matthis, PhD in literature, author, journalist and editor of the website Kunskapsbanken Bilders Makt; Tobias Hübinette, Reader in Intercultural Education at Karlstad University; and Benjamin Gerber of the Jewish Community in Gothenburg. In association with Folkuniversitetet. When:

Sunday, 29 October, 2 pm


Röda Sten Konsthall

Artist tAlk:


The Danish artist Alexander Tovborg is featured in the Biennial with two grandiose paintings in the church at Masthugget. In his artistic practice, Tovborg deals with how religions and myths influence our self-image and society. In Masthuggskyrkan, Alexander Tovborg talks to Ola Sigurdson, professor of systematic theology at Gothenburg University. In association with Folkuniversitetet.


GIBCA 2017


Sunday, 5 November, 12.15 – 1.00 pm




YOUTH ACTIVITIES GIBCA works with a wide-range of programming to deepen visitors' understanding of the exhibition. The biennial offers creative workshops for families together with their children, exhibition tours in several languages, and even a stroller tour for those with babies.

Young & Creative Autumn Holidays During the autumn holidays, we offer a three-day course (advance booking required) for visitors aged 12–19. For more information, please see www.gibca.se and www. rodastenkonsthall.se. Röda Sten Konsthall: Tuesday, 31 Oct– Thursday, 2 Nov at 1 pm–4 pm


Guided Tour & Conversation in Somali

Saturday Workshop

During the Biennial, guided tours will be

Göteborgs Konsthall: Sunday, 22 Oct at 1 pm–3 pm

On Saturdays, visitors can join in the

Röda Sten Konsthall: Friday, 13 Oct, 6 pm–10 pm

workshop at Röda Sten Konsthall, where

On Kulturnatta – Culture Night, we will

available on different topics and in different languages. No booking required—just turn up! Swedish Röda Sten Konsthall: Saturdays at 4 pm Göteborgs Konsthall: Saturdays at 1 pm

Guided Tour & Conversation in Kurdish Röda Sten Konsthall: Sunday, 29 Oct at 1 pm–3 pm Göteborgs Konsthall: Sunday, 5 Nov,at 1 pm–3 pm


kids and adults create together, side by side, with inspiration from the exhibition. Drop in. Included in the admission fee. Röda Sten Konsthall: Saturdays at 12 noon–3.30 pm

Bring your baby and its stroller to a guided

Young & Creative


tour of the Biennial exhibitions. Stay after

Röda Sten Konsthall’s Young & Creative

Röda Sten Konsthall: Sundays, 17 Sep

the tour and have a cup of tea and meet

workshops for visitors aged 12–26 are free.

others on parental leave and their babies.

Every weekend, we offer creative techniques

and 12 Nov at 1 pm Göteborgs Konsthall: Sundays, 24 Sep and 19 Nov at 1 pm

GUIDED TOURS IN OTHER LANGUAGES After the tour, we all meet up for tea and a conversation. Free workshop materials are

Röda Sten Konsthall: Saturdays and Sundays at 1

and 2 Nov at 12 noon–2 pm

pm–4 pm

Göteborgs Konsthall: Thursdays, 28 Sept, 19 Oct, and 9 Nov at 12 noon–2 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday Groups Young & Creative also give regular classes


just turn up!

Art is important for everyone—including

in greater depth on your own artistic pro-

kids and teens! Art gives both young and

jects. On Tuesdays the focus is on graffiti,

Guided Tour & Conversation in Persian

old opportunities to express themselves,

and on Wednesdays you can work in the

Röda Sten Konsthall: Sunday, 1 Oct at 1 pm–3 pm

experiment, gain new insights, or just to be.

material of your choice. Please enrol for the-

At GIBCA, our exhibitions offer events and

se classes. Information is available at

activities for all ages. Creative workshops,

www.gibca.se and www.rodastenkonsthall.se.

Guided Tour & Conversation in Arabic

guided tours, graffiti and fun autumn holi-

Röda Sten Konsthall: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at

Röda Sten Konsthall: Sunday, 15 Oct at 1 pm–3 pm

days activities.

Göteborgs Konsthall: Sunday, 29 Oct at 1 pm–3 pm

for visitors aged 12–26, where you can work


These questions will be discussed by Niklas

Secularism as self-image, sympathy with

director, playwright and Artistic Director at

Buddhism, embarrassment over Christian

moment: theater; Annica Karlsson Rixon, artist; and Johannes Anyuru, author and poet. The discussion is moderated by Sewilius Berg and Lena

le-class Swedes when asked how they

Ulrika Rudeke, Gothenburg City Theatre.

perceive religion in society today. David


Sunday, 12 November, 3 pm

Thurfjell is a writer and Professor of Religion


Gothenburg City Theatre

lectures on the Swedish majority culture’s


relationship to their Christian cultural

A screening of the film The Rashomon Pro-


ject by Måns Wrange in collaboration with

In association with Folkuniversitetet.

Igor Isaksson. The film follows the response

When: Monday, 6 November, 6.00 – 7.30 pm

to the biennial and other current events in

Where: Gothenburg Central Library, staircase stage

Gothenburg during the period of the bienni-


wishes and ideas! The exhibition is open until 10 pm, with introductions at 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm. Göteborgs Konsthall: Friday, 13 Oc at 6 pm–10 pm Göteborgs Konsthall will be open later than usual during the Culture Night, with introductions to the exhibition at 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm.

5.30 pm–8 pm

School Activities Are you a teacher who want to visit GIBCA with your class? All schools in Gothenburg can book free lessons at www.museilektioner.se. Look for the GIBCA logo! Others can book guided tours and workshops by sending an e-mail to: bokningar@gibca.se, or call +46 31 12 08 46. We can offer activities for all ages, classes and interests! Teacher’s Guides This year, we also provide a Teacher’s Guide with texts, questions, and discussion exercises. Read more about it at www.gibca.se!

and author; Andreas Boonstra, stage

Thurfjell’s interviews with secular midd-

Det gudlösa folket (The Godless People), he

together. Come and share your thoughts,

Orrenius, journalist; Cecilia Hansson, poet

fervour—these themes came up in David

at Södertörn University. Based on his book

build a house, a public space, or a hut

and materials inspired by the exhibition. Röda Sten Konsthall: Thursdays, 21 Sept, 12 Oct,

available for the kids. No booking required—

Göteborgs Konsthall: Sunday, 8 Oc, at 1 pm–3 pm

Kulturnatta – Culture Night

al as the starting point for an exploration of the increasingly polarized public discourse in relation to the transformation of the media landscape and the growing populism. Time and place for the screening of the film will be announced at a later date.

Populist, nationalist and socially conservative agendas are once more gaining a foothold in Europe. In Sweden, art is under


Saturday, 18 November

Time and place:


distinct threat from the Sweden Democrats: they want to withdraw funding for artistic practices that are not in line with their political project. What are the cultural strategies in this escalated state of violence, censorship and encroachments on the freedom of speech? How can art offer resistance to extremism, nationalism and religious radicalisation?

David Thurfjell


GIBCA 2017


CALENDAR September TUESDAY 5th BRA 10 & GIBCA 6 pm–midnight at Konstepidemin WEDNESDAY 6th Opening GIBCA Extended 5 pm–9 pm at Kastellgatan/Konstepidemin BRA 10 & GIBCA 9 pm–midnight at Konstepidemin FRIDAY 8th Release Party for PARSE Journal – Secularity 8 pm–Late at Folk, Järntorget SATURDAY 9th Opening WheredoIendandyoubegin – On Secularity Inauguration, 1 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Opening Hours: 11 am–18 Opening Party with Klubb Wonderland 10 pm–3 am at Röda Sten Konsthall & Restaurang SUNDAY 10th I want to believe and GIBCA Extended 12 noon–5 pm at Konstepidemin Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall TUESDAY 12th The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall WEDNESDAY 13th The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall SATURDAY 16th Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall SUNDAY 17th

THURSDAY 21st Guided Tour for Adults with Babies (Swedish) 12 noon–2 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall GIBCA Extended: Bus Tour to Marstrand 6 pm departure from central Gothenburg, return approx. 9.30 pm FRIDAY 22nd

The Grief Prophesy: Artist Talk Maddie Leach 6 pm–7.30 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall.

GIBCA Extended: Bus Tour to Marstrand 6 pm departure from central Gothenburg, return approx. 10.30 pm SATURDAY 23rd


Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

GIBCA Extended: Bus Tour to Dalsland 9 am departure from central Gothenburg, return approx. 9 pm

Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

SUNDAY 24th Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Gender Equality, Whiteness and Secularity Lecture by Mikaela Lundahl in collaboration with Folkuniversitetet (Swedish) 3 pm–4 pm at Göteborgs Stadsbibliotek, the staircase stage

Guided Tour (in English) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall TUESDAY 26th The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Record Release The Grief Prophesy 5 pm–7 pm at Music Lovers Record/Café Höga Nord WEDNESDAY 27th The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall The Grief Prophesy: Artist Talk Maddie Leach in Conversation with Thomas Bossins and Kristian (Necrolord) Wåhlin (in English) 6 pm–7.30 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall

October SUNDAY 1st Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tour & Conversation (in Persian) 1 pm–3 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall TUESDAY 3rd The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall WEDNESDAY 4th

THURSDAY 28th Guided Tour for Adults with Babies (Swedish) 12 noon–2 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall

The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tour (in English) 1 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Artist Talk: Santiago Mostyn, 2 pm–3 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall.

GIBCA Extended: Bus Tour to Bollebygd. 12 noon departure from central Gothenburg, return approx. 6.30 pm 2.30 pm departure from Borås, return approx. 5 pm Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Artist Talk: Santiago Mostyn (in English) 2 pm–3 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall SUNDAY 8th Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tour & Conversation (in Persian) 1 pm–3 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall TUESDAY 10th The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall WEDNESDAY 11th The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall THURSDAY 12th Guided Tour for Adults with Babies (Swedish) 12 noon–2 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall FRIDAY 13th Kulturnatta With introductions 7, 8 and 9pm 6 pm–10 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall 6 pm–10 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall SATURDAY 14th Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

TUESDAY 19th The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

WEDNESDAY 20th The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall



GIBCA 2017


5 Sep — 19 Nov Photo: Ola Kjelbye

SUNDAY 15th Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Guided Tour & Conversation (in Arabic) 1 pm–3 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

TUESDAY 17th The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall WEDNESDAY 18th The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Film Screening: Burka songs 2.0 6 pm–8 pm at Göteborgs Stadsbibliotek, the auditorium 25th Anniversary for Elgaland-Vargaland! 8 pm at Folkbaren

SATURDAY 21st Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall SUNDAY 22nd Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tour & Conversation (in Somali) 1 pm–3 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall TUESDAY 24th The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall WEDNESDAY 25th The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall SATURDAY 28th Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall A Discussion on Isaac Grünewald and Sigrid Hjertén in 1935 2 pm–3.30 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall




Artist Talk: Alexander Tovborg in Conversation with Ola Sigurdson (in English) 12.15 am–1 pm in Masthuggskyrkan

Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Guided Tour (in English) 1 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Guided Tour & Conversation (in Kurdish) 1 pm–3 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall Artist Talk: Alexander Tovborg kl. 13 i Masthuggskyrkan.

THURSDAY 19th Guided Tour for Adults with Babies (Swedish) 12 noon–2 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall


SUNDAY 29th Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tour & Conversation (in Kurdish) 1 pm–3 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tour & Conversation (in Arabic) 1 pm–3 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall Parodies, Caricatures and Stereotypes Panel discussion with Benjamin Gerber, Lars M Andersson, Tobias Hübinette and Moa Matthis (Swedish) 2 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall TUESDAY 31st Young & Creative: Autumn Holiday Art Course For ages 12–19 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall


MONDAY 6th The Post-Christian Swedes – About Religion in the World’s Most Secular Country Lecture by David Thurfjell in collaboration with Folkuniversitetet (Swedish) 6 pm–7.30 pm at Göteborgs Stadsbibliotek, the staircase stage

The Practice of Resistance – Art and Today’s Authoritarian Ideas Cultural Debate with Johannes Anyuru, Andreas Boonstra, Cecilia Hansson, Niklas Orrenius and Annica Karlsson Rixon 3 pm at Göteborgs Stadsteater TUESDAY 14th The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall



The Tuesday Group For ages 12–26 years kl. 17.30–20 på Röda Sten Konsthall

The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall



The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Film Screening: The Rashomon Project by Måns Wrange Time and place will be announced at gibca.se


Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Guided Tour for Adults with Babies (Swedish) 12 noon–2 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall SATURDAY 11th

Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Saturday Workshop 12 noon–3.30 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall


Guided Tours (in Swedish) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall 4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

WEDNESDAY 1st Young & Creative: Autumn Holiday Art Course For ages 12–19 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

Young & Creative For ages 12–26 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tour (in English) 1 pm at Göteborgs Konsthall

Film Screening: The Rashomon Project by Måns Wrang. Time and place will be announced at gibca.se

The Wednesday Group For ages 12–26 years 5.30 pm–8 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall THURSDAY 2nd Young & Creative: Autumn Holiday Art Course For ages 12–19 years 1 pm–4 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall Guided Tour for Adults with Babies (Swedish) 12 noon–2 pm at Röda Sten Konsthall

GIBCA 2017







GIBCA Extended Throughout the entire autumn, the art scene in Västra Götaland gives you the opportunity to enjoy a goldmine of exciting and interesting experiences. In a satellite programme to GIBCA, art galleries, museums, artist collectives and artists have created a panoply of events inspired by the Biennial’s theme. With art as its medium, GIBCA ExtEndEd invites you to share thoughts, experiences and challenges relating to how we can meet within —or despite—our different religious or spiritual beliefs. You can browse the programme here, for a taste of what the art scene in Gothenburg and Västra Götaland has to offer. Remember, all these activities were created by the art platforms themselves, giving you the opportunity for unique art experiences practically every day from 6th of September to 19th of November. Treat yourself to a life-changing and mind-expanding autumn of art—nothing is stopping you!

BILAGA limited editions / Borås Konstmuseum / Boy Konsthall / Chawki&Runesson / Dômen Konstskola / Felicia Bodin & Sofia Rydbrand Folkstaden / Four / Fredrika Anderson, Dorna Aslanzadeh & Linn Lindström / Frihetsförmedlingen / Frøidi Laszlo m. Club Antropocen / Galleri 54 Galleri BOX / Galleri HEMMA-HOS Sara-Lo af Ekenstam / Galleri Konstepidemin / Galleri Sockerbruket / Gerlesborgsskolan / Göteborg Konst Hammarkullen 365 / Hammarkullen Konsthall / Humanistiska Biblioteket, Göteborgs Universitetsbibliotek / Imad Rashdan Karin Sandberg & Vilda Kvist / Kassell/Zackariassen / Konsthallen Blå Stället / Konsthallen Trollhättan / Konstmuseet, Skövde Kulturhus Konstnärscentrum Väst / Konstrummet i Skärhamns Bibliotek / Kungsbacka Konsthall / Långedprojektet / Marika Hedemyr Monica Funck / Nordiska Akvarellmuseet / Nordiska Folkhögskolan / NSFW in association with 3:e Våningen / Nääs Konsthantverk Panncentralen Galleri Mariestad / Pannrummet at Konstepidemin / Skjul Fyra Sex / Smittande oro och mod / Sockerbruket 17 / Steneby Konsthall StoneZone / Strandverket Konsthall / Studio OAS / Studio Stenkolsgatan / Textival / Upper Hand / Vänersborgs Konsthall

GIBCA 2017


Let us take your there! To make it easier to get to our exciting regional

Opening of GIBCA EXTENDED Kastellgatan and Konstepidemin, Gothenburg

destinations and exhibitions, GIBCA has arranged for buses to take you to and from some of the venues

On Wednesday 6th of September, GIBCA ExtEndEd opens, with festivities, previews,

this autumn. Get cheap tickets to visit Marstrand,

music and performances in central Gothenburg. The focus is on the galleries around Kas-

Dalsland and Borås & Bollebygd to see great con-

tellgatan and Konstepidemin. Six exhibitions are presented within the framework of the

temporary art!

satellite programme. The evening concludes with several previews, DJs and BRA 10.

Buy and book your tickets at gibca.se, unless otherwise stated. Limited availability!

Bedtime Stories – Mia Maljojoki at Four / ILLOGICAL MOVEMENTS – Fredrika Anderson, Dorna Aslanzadeh & Linn Lindström at Kastellgatan 8 / Inna di Video Light – Anna Rokka & Rut Karin Zettergren at Galleri 54 / Det börjar med ett guld-

Performance Art x 2 at Strandverket Art Museum

regn – Therese Parner at Galleri BOX / X /’All is still, still.’/! – Attila Urban at Galleri

Strandverket Art Museum on Marstrand invites you

Konstepidemin / I want to believe – GIBCA ExtEndEd-exhibition in various locations at

to two evenings of performances in their unique


venue. Buses will operate between Gothenburg and Marstrand on both nights! On Thursday, Frauke and

Wednesday, 6 September at 6 pm–9 pm

Andreas Tilliander will perform Yama – three bod-

For updates on the opening night, see gibca.se

ies with Butoh dance and music. On Friday, Yama – three bodies will be performed again, along with Chawki&Runesson’s Experiment With Dreams (p. 59). Thursday, 21 September: The bus departs from


Exhibition: I want to believe

central Gothenburg at 6 pm and returns around

This year, all stops are pulled, and GIBCA ExtEndEd also opens with the exhibition I want

9.30 pm. The bus will also pick up passengers from

to believe, featuring thirteen local and regional artists who give their respective takes

Ytterby station around 6.30 pm and will return

on the Biennial theme. The exhibition is presented at Konstepidemin. I want to believe

around 9 pm.

opens in conjunction with the rest of the GIBCA ExtEndEd program on Wednesday 6th

Price: Ticket for the bus and performance SEK 200.

of September. On Sunday 10th of September, the exhibition will end with lectures,

Book at strandverket.se.

artists talks, performances and more.

Friday, 22 September: The bus departs from central

Participating artists: Ami Norda, Anna Liljedal, Anna Parker, Ea ten Kate, Emille de

Gothenburg at 6 pm and returns around 10.30 pm.

Blanche, Karin Elmgren, Kristian Berglund, Marie Obbel Bondeson, Maxine Chionh,

The bus will also pick up passengers from Ytterby

Olle Essvik, Rory Botha, Sara Ingrid Andersson, Yoko Andrén

station around 6.30 pm and will return around 10 pm. Price: Ticket for the bus and performances SEK

Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 6 September 6 at 6 pm–9 pm

300. Book at strandverket.se.

Opening Hours: 6–10 September. Wed 6 pm–9 pm, Thur 12 noon–5 pm, Fri–Sun 12 noon–4 pm

TO STAND BEFORE and Långed’s Place in Capitalism in Dalsland Dalsland has a creative cluster of artists, art schools, artist studios, etc. This bus takes you to two exciting art projects, and stops for coffee at the wonderful Not

Address: Konstepidemin, at various locations, Konstepidemins väg 6, Gothenburg


Final exhibition day and events at Konstepidemin: Sunday, 10 September 11.30 am Gallery Konstepidemin, VIP tour for kids of Attila Urban’s exhibition

Quite cafe. We visit Långed’s Place in Capitalism (p. 56)

12.00 noon Guided Tour of the GIBCA ExtEndEd exhibition I want to believe

and Paula Urbano’s & Elin Berge’s exhibition TO STAND

1.00 pm Artist Talk: Marika Hedemyr with international guests at Blå Huset

BEFORE at Steneby Konsthall (p. 59). The artists will

2.00 pm Artist Talk: Sandra Sterle, Artist-in-Residence in Angered

talk about themselves and their works.

3.00 pm A Room of One’s Own – Studio Talk: Pecka Söderberg talks to Lina Ekdahl 4.00 pm Performance/Reading: Experiment with Dreams, Chawki&Runesson in House 10

Saturday, 30 September: The bus departs from central Gothenburg at 9 am and returns around 9 pm.


in Bollebygd


In situ in Borås and newly-opened Boy Konsthall


Price: SEK 100.

The exhibition In situ is shown in the Gustav Adolf


Church in Borås and in the plaza between the church and Borås Konstmuseum, featuring works by Su-


san Hiller and Younes Baba-Ali (p. 48). Both works address the attempts of religion to show us the right path, and how prayer can be a cry for help. The next stop is the newly-opened Boy Konsthall in Bollebygd, which explores what an artist-run art space can look like and do in the area. Boy Konsthall will show works by six artists (p. 48). Saturday, 7 October: The bus departs from central


Gothenburg at 12 noon and returns around 6.30 pm.


The bus will stop to pick up passengers in Borås at 2.30


pm, and departs from Borås around 5 pm.


Price: SEK 50.




Boy Konsthall Photo: John Salquist and Maja Östebro

BILAGA limited editions To Whom It May Concern 26 Sep–1 Oct Exhibition/Mail art Address: Kungsportsplatsen, Järntorget, Drottningtorget Opening Hours: Everyday 11 am–6 pm (Tue–Wed at Kungsportsplatsen, Thu–Fri at Järntorget, Sat–Sun at Drottningtorget Contact: bilaga.limited.editions@gmail.com Website: www.bilaga.wordpress.com

Under the title To Whom It May Concern, the mail art project LIMITED EDITIONS has invited nine artists to reflect on freedom of expression. Who can we address? Of what and to whom are we entitled to speak? Can we say whatever we want, and do we have something to say to one another? The artists represent diverse geographical and ideological backgrounds. What unites them is that their works are collected in Gothenburg for a short period before being mailed across the world. The works are printed in an unlimited edition on A3 paper. All visitors are welcome to take a copy, fold it into an envelope, write an address of their choice, add a postage stamp and slip the work of art into a letterbox.

Borås Konstmuseum In situ 15 Sep–5 Nov Exhibition Address: Gustav Adolf Church and P.A. Halls terrass, Borås Opening Hours: Gustav Adolf Church: daily 8 am–4 pm (and

Participating artists: Fadwa Attia (EG), Eva

during worship); P.A. Halls terrass: 24 hours Contact: bokningar.konstmuseum@boras.se

common objects, stages alternative worlds and parallel universes, and uses Venetian blinds as a symbol of the separation between the private and the public spheres. The exhibition also explores how an artist-driven art space could be designed and operated in Bollebygd. The initiative is run by Teater

Website: www.boras.se/konstmuseum

Nu and Scenkonstguiden.

Raquel Meyers (ES), Sophy Naess (US), PoniWeck

The exhibition In situ explores and inverts the

Participating artists: Kristin Ylikiiskilä Broberg

(BE) och Catriona Shaw (DE).

concept of ‘on site.’ The locations for these works

(SE), Karou Calamy (NO/IR), Dennis Delwér (SE),

were chosen meticulously. The exhibition is a pil-

Lotta Grimborg (SE), Sara Östebro (SE) och Maja

Exhibition Design: Sven Drobnitza & Mari

grimage through contemporary art’s attempts to

Östebro (SE).


understand the position of religion in society. The

Björkstrand (SE), Christine Clemmesen (DK/GR), Nadya Gorokhova (RU), Gun Holmström (FI),

role of religion has changed with society, and faith

Opening: Saturday 7 October 3 pm–7 pm.

is no longer the only moral compass. Instead, people look to other sources for guidance. When

An interview with Sara Östebro and Maja Östebro,

society’s fundamental tenets are shaken by cur-

Boy konsthall

rent events, the church has provided stability, and now engages extensively in crisis management

In the exhibition at Boy Konsthall, six artists

activities. When family relations break down and

with roots in Bollebygd explore the potential of

skyscrapers explode, the church is there to offer

designing and running an artist-driven art space

comfort and understanding, and to find a way

there. The initiative is run by Teater Nu and Scen-

forward by discussing existential issues.


The exhibition In situ features works by Susan Hiller at the Gustav Adolf Church and

What will be happeing at Boy Konsthall in Bolle-

Younes Baba-Ali at the Borås Museum of Mod-

bygd in October?

ern Art. Both works address the attempts of

We are six artists who grew up in Bollebygd

religion to show us the right way, and how prayer

and needed a place where we could think and

can be a cry for help.

create. We asked ourselves how we could build


Boy Konsthall 7–15 Oct Exhibition Address: Göteborgsvägen 21 A–C, Bollebygd Opening Hours: Sun–Fri 11 am–4 pm, Sat 11 am–7 pm

something there today. Bollebygd is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Sweden, and yet there is no planning for the arts. We want to base ourselves on the concept of co-existence. In Bollebygd people live close to each other, we meet in different ways here, and the place can be a starting point for a discussion on how to live together.

Contact: boykonsthall@teaternu.se Website: www.scenkonstguiden.se/boy-konsthall

BILAGA limited edItion To Whom It May Concern, GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR - Raquel Meyers (PETSCII, C64, KYBDslöjd)

Borås Konstmuseum In situ Photo: Younes Baba-Ali

Boy Konsthall dives deep into the real and fictive municipality of Bollebygd. The exhibition raises issues concerning coexistence and how it is practised. How contradictory ideas and desires can, and are allowed to, live side by side within an individual or a group. What is presented and what is suppressed in a small community such as Bollebygd? Boy Konsthall examines the colours and aesthetics of Bollebygd, combines seemingly incompatible worlds, generates dialogues using


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Lotta Grimborg will study the colours of Bol-

“Rather than have to think, always and

lebygd, and the symbols relating to how value is

endlessly, what else there could be, we some-

generated. Caro Calamy will make an installation

times seem to connect with a layer in our

with two windows symbolising what things look

existence that simply wants the things of the

like from different sides. Kristin Ylikiiskelä Broberg

world close to our skins.” Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht,

bases her work on our communal electricity grid.

Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey, 2004:106.

Where does the name Boy Konsthall come from?

Dômen Konstskola Photo: Attila Urban

It’s from Bollebygd Yttre train station, which is abbreviated BOY. What do you hope to achieve?

screening at the Arts Association Filialen in Skår.

Dômen Konstskola

We want to create a space where people can re-

Den Wald wieder erobern 15 September

flect on big and small things. What do we want


to achieve with this space? What do we want for Bollebygd? You shouldn’t have to go somewhere else to experience art, you’ll be able to get that here. We want to encourage local support for making this a permanent art gallery. ...................................................


The project will be presented in a film

Address: Dômen Art School – Slottsskogen, Dufvas Backe 3, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Friday, 15 September 9 pm–11 pm Contact: info@domenkonstskola.se Website: www.domenkonstskola.se

At night, the beautiful forest appears fright-


Folkstaden The Cathedral of Clouds Sep 7–Oct 13 Exhibition/Workshop Address: Gathenhielmska ateljéerna, Allmänna vägen 2B, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Every Thursday 7.30 pm–10 pm Contact: hem@folkstaden.se Website: www.folkstaden.se

ening, and we prefer not to err from the broad roads—if we even dare venture into the park in

Accelerating neo-liberal globalisation is heading

the evening. With this project, Dômen Art School

straight for a brick wall. Who will take the impact?

Experiment with Dreams

seeks to reclaim Slottsskogen during a few hours

“Not us! Them!” right-wing populists cry and shift

Touring Performance Art Concert

of darkness on one September evening, to create

into reverse. The liberals and left-wing want a new

an alternative space for multimedia installations

car, thinking this will improve safety and growth.

by the Art School’s students. Together, we walk

Then, the weak can afford to take the place of the

Contact: ciarunesson@hotmail.com

between ten different sites and contemplate the

strong, which will probably be vacant, because the

works shown. What happens when the boundary

strong will have fled in time.

Chawki&Runesson present their own interpreta-

between indoors and outdoors shifts, and the

tion of Leif Elggren’s & Thomas Liljenberg’s work

hidden becomes visible?

Address: See tour schedule below Opening Hours: See the website and Facebook for times

Experiment with Dreams. It consists of 200 letters addressed to political and business leaders, organisations,


situation. Please send us some money is the con-

Felicia Bodin & Sofia Rydbrand

sistent and final message in all these letters. The

Thin Places 28 October Film Screening

institutions and celebrities. The work of art is a reflection on the global social and economic

phrase itself also embodies an idea of equality; haven’t we all collectively shared the thoughts of

Address: Arts Association Filialen in Skår, near Falköping

the American science fiction writer William

Opening Hours: Saturday 4 pm–7 pm

Gibson, or the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and haven't we all collectively created what others

Websites: www.sofiafelicia.com / www.feliciabodin.com / www.sofiak.se

Hard-set, but with stubborn optimism, Folkstaden invites you to take part in their work for a post-consumerist, collaborative society. In addition to cooperative models for building and owning, Folkstaden’s Cathedral of Clouds features material on new social movements with religious undertones, best-selling Shinto for post-consumerism, and the practical love ethos of natural farming. Everyone is welcome to collaborate on building this project! Folkstaden promotes sustainable social planning and quality urban development, focusing especially on housing, inclusive participation, and post-consumerist culture. As an

The concept of ‘thin places’ exists in Celtic Chris-

idea-based movement, it strivde to organise

“Thus, letter is laid upon letter on the

tianity, referring to places where the presence

alternative planning, building and ownership

poetic map. One begins in a dream, a memory, a

of God is especially conspicuous. This can be a

of housing, with more cultural empowerment

refrain, or a word in a completely different letter.

physical place, but it can just as well arise in an

to enable the civil society to realize sustainable

New names and new roles grow out of other

encounter or cultural experience. We never know


names and meetings. Leif and Thomas become

beforehand where and when a thin place exists.

have created, if only in our imagination?

one, become three, become four.”

This project of Felicia Bodin and Sofia Ryd-

Opening: Thursday, 7 September 7.30 pm–11 pm,

brand involves a journey. In an intuitive process,

workshop 5 pm–7 pm.

selected letters, and Hanna Chawki, musician,

they explore the phenomenon of thin places by

Last Day: Culture Night, Wednesday, 13 October

artist and poet, accompanies the readings with

engaging in a conscious and unconscious quest.

at 7.30 pm–11 pm, workshop 5 pm–7 pm.

Cia Runesson, performing artist, reads

improvisations on the synth. Felicia Bodin & Sofia Rydbrand Thin Places (video still), 2017

Tour Schedule (see the website and Facebook for exact times): 10 Sep Konstepidemin, Gothenburg 23 Sep Strandverket Art Museum, Marstrand 5 Oct Mölnlycke Cultural House, Mölnlycke 6 Oct Nääs Castle, Floda 14 Oct Nordiska Akvarell Museet, Skärhamn 21 Oct The Contemporary Art Gallery – Bohuslän Museum, Uddevalla 28 Oct Gerlesborg School of Fine Art, Hamburgsund 17 Nov KonstKollektivet Mölndal, Mölndal 18 Nov Hakelverket Kök & Bar, Majorna, Gothenburg


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Fredrika Anderson, Dorna Aslanzadeh & Linn Lindström ILLOGICAL MOVEMENTS 6–17 Sep Exhibition Address: Kastellgatan 8, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Tue–Fri 1 pm–5 pm, Sat–Sun 12 noon–4 pm

The exhibition ILLOGICAL MOVEMENTS is based on an encounter on board an aeroplane with an elderly man who was eagerly studying graphs in a thick folder with 300 printed pages, noting and tracing each curve. In the course of a conversation, these graphs turned out to be printouts of stock-exchange listings. As though they were organic creatures, he said, he was “trying to understand the market” through these ECG-like fluctuations in their ordinary-looking printed bible. A holy scripture, and yet totally worthless, since he left it behind on his seat. The document is now in the hands of the artists, to be deciphered. Participating artists are Fredrika Anderson, Dorna Aslanzadeh and Linn Lindström.

Fredrika Anderson, Dorna Aslanzadeh & Linn Lindström ILLOGICAL MOVEMENTS

Frøidi Laszlo w. Club Antropocen The Beautiful Star – Dreams from the Micro World 13–15 Oct Exhibition and Workshop Address: Gallery 54, Kastellgatan 7, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Saturday–Sunday, 12 noon–4 pm Website: www.forlaget284.se


Frihetsförmedlingen Four Magic Flute III Tanel Veenre Necklace Photo: Tanel Veenre

Tillståndsenheten 28–30 Sep Performance

On 12–14 May 2017, the visual artist Frøidi Laszlo invited a group of artists, a priest and two kids to a workshop by the Lake Erken. The idea was to study microscopic plants and creatures to get closer to the micro world, both artistically and

Four Exhibition

Address: Central Gothenburg, for the exact location, please visit Frihetsförmedlingen’s website. Opening Hours: Thu–Sat 12 noon–4 pm Contact: info@frihetsformedlingen.se Website: www.frihetsformedlingen.se

natural sciences, human ecology and ethics. The microscope reveals a world full of intricate designs at cellular level. Order, symmetry and beauty are associated with the divine in

Address: Risåsgatan 5, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Wed–Fri 12 noon–6 pm, Sat 12 noon–4 pm

through collective learning processes based on

Since the start in 2014, Frihetsförmedlingen (the

many cultures, whereas the monocellular life in

Freedom Agency) has offered support and assis-

Christianity and evolutionary theory represents

tance to freedom seekers throughout Sweden. The

something far below mankind, which was creat-

Bedtime Stories – Mia Maljojoki

Agency is mainly web-based, but also organizes

ed in the image of God.

1–30 Sep Art Jewellery

public freedom events and accepts applicants at

What happens with secularisation in a crisis?

various temporary offices around Sweden.

Contact: karin@karin-roy.se Website: www.fourgallery.com

How do we maintain our balance in a shaky

For three days, Frihetsförmedlingen’s per-

This artistic exploration is about how to portray life, movement and shapes in a world where we are accustomed to a one-point per-

existence of ups and downs, everyday stress

mission unit will circulate in central Gothenburg

spective, shadows and foreshortening to signify

and global problems? Mia Maljojoki’s exhibition

with its mobile office, manned with experienced

space and distance.

at Four offers a peaceful haven. Her wearable

freedom agents. Here, freedom seekers will be

sculptures give protection and strength, offering

offered expert advice to identify the permits that

many different levels. Try drawing from enlarged

a moment of calm and tranquillity.

can help them expand their freedom. Officers

projections of the micro world! You are welcome

Welcome to take part of reflections on

Mia Maljojoki was born and raised in

will also be at hand to issue the required permits,

to bring your own water sample when you visit

Finland but has been living in Munich for many

including permits to travel abroad, visas, building

the exhibition.

years. Her works have an immediate and spon-

permissions, liquor licences, dance permits, or oth-

taneous style. At first glance, they seem random,

er new permits. The activities in Gothenburg are

but the composition is balanced and carefully

Frihetsförmedlingen’s largest venture so far in its

designed. Well-directed but unpredictable events

outreach programme in Sweden.

are refined with sensitive intuition and long

Frihetsförmedlingen’s permission unit is pro-

artistic experience. Maljojoki combines bright

duced by the Agency’s founders, Lars Noväng and

colours and shapes with an elegance that lends

John Huntington. The artistic practice of both is

harmony to a bold chaos.

characterised by indefatigable actions promoting independence through constructive norm-break-

CRUX – Tanel Veenre 13 Oct–4 Nov Art Jewellery

ing. Since 2008, their collaboration has themat-

Tanel Veenre looks for similarities between the

ically focused on labour market policy issues,

cross and male genitalia. Power, religion and male

individual responsibility, and bureaucracy as art.

dominance have been decisive to the development of Christian culture. As a jewellery artist, Veenre analyses the subject through body-related objects that allude to religious themes and eroticism. Estonian Tanel Veenre is one of the brightest stars on the art jewellery scene. He fishes creatures out of the deep ocean and embeds them in a shimmer from distant galaxies. Tanel Veenre blends musical notes with aesthetics and poetry to create a magical, magnetic universe that attracts and enchants. He is also a professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn.


Frihetsförmedlingen Photo: Anna Huntington

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Frøidi Laszlo w. Club Antropocen Photos: Frøidi Laszlo


Galleri 54

Galleri 54 Inna di Video Light, Internet Artists: Anna Rokka and Rut Karin Zettergren Photo: Dennis Brown, Anna Rokka and Rut Karin Zettergren

Exhibition Address: Kastellgatan 7, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Tue–Fri 1 pm–5 pm, Sat–Sun 12 noon–4 pm Contact: info@galleri54.se Website: www.galleri54.se

Inna di Video Light – Anna Rokka & Rut Karin Zettergren 6 Sep–1 Oct Video Installation In the video installation Inna di Video Light, viewers are guided through the dancehall of explosive music and dance culture by the Internet Dollz, two It Girl cyborgs. Meet the stars, dancehall queens and kings for 100 long party nights in Kingston, interlaced with life online in a dreamlike hyperreality. The club scene is the setting for loud displays of emotion and physical outbursts that are intensified by the camera’s presence. This debauchery has perhaps taken place in a

sculptures, whose common factor is the process

time gone by, in the form of spiritual rituals,

of creating the work and the body as a physi-

but is captured here by the parallel universe of

cal form, but also on a more symbolic level. The

Galleri HEMMA-HOS Sara-Lo af Ekenstam

virtual reality, where the users reinterpret and

body’s wordless communication in gestures and

transform it. Here, the Internet epitomizes the

actions. The sculptures have an inherent search

Bloodline – Amalia Bille 30 Sep Exhibition

collective subconscious of the globalised world,

for the body as a more ephemeral shape that

Address: Övre Spannmålsgatan 2C, Gothenburg

which encompasses everything from the most

slips through our fingers.

Opening Hours: 1 pm–5 pm

forbidden and brutal, to the most loving, accommodating and personal. Dive into the world

Opening: Friday, 25 August at 6 pm–9 pm

Contact: amalia.lk@gmail.com Website: www.amaliabille.se / www.sloslo.wordpress.com

of Inna di Video Light, where there is no longer

Evening opening hours during GIBCA ExtEndEd’s

Amalia Bille is a Gothenburg-based painter and

a distinct boundary between the cinematic and

event on Wed, 6 September at 5 pm–8 pm.

sculptor. This exhibition is underpinned by issues of bloodline, belonging, heritage and family

the physical, or between dreaming and living. On 5 September, an artist talk will be held

Något fint måste hända II – Meira Ahmemulic

history. Sara-Lo af Ekenstam is an artist who lives

at the City Library. The artists will also show the

29 Sep–29 Oct Exhibition

work to youths during the exhibition.

Meira Ahmemulic’s film Something Nice Needs to

and works in Gothenburg. Her practice is inter-

Happen is based on the dream of an alternative

disciplinary, combining a variety of fields and

Det var en tid då allt var möjligt – all makt till

life. In this case, the dream of America and Swe-

artistic media. Since 2014, she has been running

fantasin! – Mats Eriksson Dunér

den, and the fact that Sweden today has become

the gallery HEMMA-HOS in her home on Övre

6–8 Oct Video Installation

a country that many feel forced to leave. The

Spannmålsgatan, featuring one-day exhibitions

Mats Eriksson Dunér shows a collage film about

situation in the Balkans has once more prompted

of contemporary art.

the activity centre Gamla Bro in Stockholm.

people to leave their homes and seek a better life

The title translates into English as There was a

in Sweden, but more especially in America, which

time when anything was possible—power to the

many see as the country where anyone can make


it. The film also deals with the highly limited opportunities for people with a migrant background

BL-OM-MA, SK-A-LA – Anne Pira

to choose an artistic profession in two entirely

20 Oct–12 Nov Exhibition

different social systems—Sweden and the USA.

The title of this exhibition, BL-OM-MA, SK-A-LA (FL-OW-WER, PE-EL) indicates a theme that

Opening: Friday, 29 September 6 pm–9 pm.

Anne Pira has been exploring for some time. The exhibition features works incorporating various techniques, including painting.

Galleri BOX Therese Parner Det börjar med ett guldregn


Galleri BOX Exhibition Address: Kastellgatan 10, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Tue–Fri 1 pm–5 pm, Sat–Sun 12 noon–4 pm Contact: info@galleribox.se Website: www.galleribox.se

Det börjar med ett guldregn – Therese Parner 25 Aug–24 Sep Exhibition

Galleri BOX Meira Ahmemulic Något fint måste hända II, video still 2017-05-27

You need a body to shape a body, presence. The

Galleri HEMMA HOS_Sara Lo af Ekenstam Amalia Billes Photo: Johan Björkegren

vital machinery that brings forth the soul’s nervous being is the body. Here, the two are able to rest like the objects they are, born from another mother in their materiality. Beyond care, peaceful just peaceful. Things to look at in a new light, a golden rain. The Stockholm-based artist Therese Parner’s exhibition Det börjar med ett guldregn (It Begins with a Golden Rain), incorporates stoneware


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Gerlesborgsskolan Annika Larsson – Blue, 2014

Galleri Konstepidemin


Exhibition and Artist Talk

Exhibition and Film Screening

Address: Konstepidemins väg 6, Gothenburg

Address: Gerlesborgsskolan 1, Hamburgsund

Opening Hours: Tue–Thu 12 noon–5 pm, Fri–Sun 12 noon–4 pm

Opening Hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm

Contact: galleri@konstepidemin.se

Contact: info@gerlesborgsskolan.se

Website: www.konstepidemin.se/galleriet/

Website: www.gerlesborgsskolan.se

X /’All is still, still.’/! – Attila Urban

Burka Songs 2.0 – Hanna Högstedt

6–24 Sep Exhibition and Artist Talk

1 Nov Film Screening

Attila Urban is an artist who works with per-

In 2011, France outlawed face-coverings in public

formative enactments of individual and col-

places. Hanna Högstedt received funding to make

lective memories. Moments that challenge our

a film in which she walks through Paris wearing

contemporary relationship to history and iden-

a burqa, singing the national anthem until she is

tity. The images he creates explore the traces of

arrested. But things didn’t go as planned. Burka

displacement and its influence on traditions and

Songs 2.0 documents the process from concept,

rituals. The exhibition X /’All is still, still.’/! at Gal-

via civilian police, guilt, shame, singing out of tune,

lery Konstepidemin features ten works in various

to a discussion about white rooms, the burqa, and

media. The film Yxa (Axe) is a documentation

who’s narratives are recognised in Sweden today. After the film, a discussion will take place

of a performance where the artist holds an axe

between Hanna Högstedt, the film director,

over his head, locked in a waiting pose. Suddenly, the axe chops into the ground. The image is

Is something hiding something else? Am I the one

and Maimuna Abdullahi, a freelance journalist

turned upside down, and the action is repeated.

hiding it? SER (SEES) is about the desire to study,

focusing on social mobilisation with a Bachelor in

The work Horisont (Horizon) shows a brick wall

notice details. Links and causes. To venture into

Social Services. The discussion will deal with the

with an empty space in the middle. The artist

the materiality of the material. See the mean-

interpretative prerogative, solidarity and art.

crawls along the wall and fills the space with his

ing in what is before us. Literally. The space as a

own body. The film was shot in Serbia, near the

starting point for the nascence and presentation

Hungarian border.

of the works. They are made for the specific site,

Screening: Wednesday, 1 November at 6.30 pm.

where they interact with the architecture. The ex-

Blue – Annika Larsson 25 Oct–10 Dec Exhibition

Artist Talk with Attila Urban: Sunday, 24 Sep-

hibited works are each imbued with their individ-

Annika Larsson’s video installations explore power,

tember at 3 pm.

ual stories that meet in the space. An additional

control and human relations. In fragmentary

element arises.

narratives created with slow close-ups of simple


gestures and actions, or mass media images,

– Jenny Magnusson & Patrik Elgström

Artist Talk with Jenny Magnusson, Patrik Elgström

she examines how we move and how our bodies

30 Sep–22 Oct Exhibition and Artist Talk

and Niclas Östlind: Sunday, 22 October at 3 pm.

move us, acting and reacting with our time.

Jenny Magnusson and Patrik Elgström work with sculpture and photography respectively. This exhibition focuses on central themes in both their practices: materiality, spatiality and architecture. An exploration of the viewer’s and their own movements in relation to place and object. With the title, the artists point to an activity linked to both their works. SKYMMER (HIDES)


Galleri Sockerbruket

The work Blue from 2014 consists of an extensive archive of photographic images and video sequences sourced from the Internet. The novel Blue of Noon (Le Bleu du Ciel), written in 1935 by the French author and philosopher Georges


Bataille against the backdrop of the emerging

– Graham Stacy, Mia Frankedal & Eva Wilms

European fascism, underpins the work. Key words

8 Sep–29 Oct Exhibition

from the text have prompted Larsson’s search

alludes to something that is obscured. Where the

for contemporary Internet images and videos for

meaning lies behind what is hidden. The absence

Address: Sockerbruket 18, Gothenburg

a work that reveals an increasingly nationalist

of a subject makes it ambiguous in all its simplicity.

Opening Hours: Tuesdays and Sundays 12 noon–5 pm

and xenophobic Europe, with a sense of growing

Kontakt: galleri.sockerbruket@hotmail.com Website: www.miafrankedal.com (Gallery Sockerbruket/IKON)

Gallery Sockerbruket is transformed ahead of the Biennial into a ‘gap’ for contemplation, art experiences and recuperation. The walls are covered with ‘velvet’ and art. Visitors are invited to sit in peace or talk to the guest artists, or take the opportunity to write a personal prayer/wish on a piece of paper, anonymously and in their

frustration and powerlessness, similar to those experienced by the main character in the book. Opening: Wednesday, 25 October at 6.30 pm. ...................................................

Göteborg Konst Ut med konsten! 6–20 Sep Exhibition

own language, and to place it in the gallery’s ‘icon pillar.’ Gallery Sockerbruket will publish all the anonymous prayers in a public place during the final days of GIBCA. The artists Eva Wilms and Mia Frankedal

Address: The exhibition room at Gothenburg City Library, Götaplatsen 3, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Mon–Fri 10 am–9 pm, Sat–Sun 10 am–6 pm Website: www.goteborgkonst.com

have created the room where their non-religious

For 70 years, the City of Gothenburg has bought

ICON inspirations give the space its character.

art to install and show in municipal workplaces.

The sculptor Graham Stacy’s sculpture/installa-

The collection currently includes nearly 9,000

tion outside the gallery welcomes visitors inside.

works of art reflecting Gothenburg’s multifaceted

With curiosity and a faith in art as a unifying link

art scene from the 1940s to today, giving the

between people, cultures and beliefs, THE GAP is

public and staff opportunities to experience art

created where nothing is demanded of the visitor.

in their everyday lives, while also forming a link between the city’s inhabitants and its practising

Galleri Konstepidemin Patrik Elgström and Jenny Magnusson


The gallery is open daily on 8–10 September 12

artists. The exhibition features selected works

noon–5 pm, and then on Tuesdays and Sundays

from the collection and related activities. In

until 29 October.

connection with the opening, a publication will

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Göteborg Konst Sue Huang, Pascual Sisto and Fernando Sanchez Yucca Valley Portraits #2 (2007), C-print, 51✗51 cm. Photo: Jan Dahlqvist/Göteborg Konst ©Sue Huang

Klas Grinell is a docent in History of Ideas at Gothenburg University, a Curator of Global Contemporary Issues at the National Museums of World Culture, and author of the book Imamen, kuppen och tjänarna : Gülenismen och Turkiet (Celanders, 2017). This lecture is part of Gothenburg University Library’s open seminar programme Näckrostimmen (Water Lily Hour). The programme is a collaboration with the Faculty of Arts at Gothenburg University. The Water Lily Hours function as a platform for links between academia and society, aimed at both a broader audience and university students and staff. Subjects relate to current research, and the presentations can consist of anything from ordinary lectures to Göteborg Konst Kumi Sugai National route nr 15 (1964), Oil on canvas, 100✗81 cm. Photo: Jan Dahlqvist/Göteborg Konst, ©Kumi Sugai

Hammarkullen Konsthall Klass 3Bs äventyr – Sarah Schmidt 1 Sep–10 Nov

be released, where writers and poets have been


asked to reflect and associate freely on a work

discussions in words, pictures or music. ...................................................

Imad Rashdan

from the collection. The idea is to highlight the

Address: Hammarkullen underground tram station

Stories about the Land... Stories about the Sky

subjective encounter with art, and what it can be

Opening Hours: Same opening hours as the tram station

14–20 Oct Exhibition

like to interpret and associate on art. Göteborg Konst is a department within the

Website: www.facebook.com/Hammarkullenkonsthall Contact: bla.stallet@angered.goteborg.se

Opening Hours: Sat–Fri 11 am–4 pm

arts administration of the City of Gothenburg, whose mission is to work with public art in build-

Hammarkullen Konsthall is the outreach pro-

ings and public spaces.

gramme of Blå Stället and is currently located in Hammarkullen's underground tram station.

Opening: Wednesday, 6 September at 2 pm. ...................................................

Hammarkullen 365

Address: Kampenhofsgatan 2, Uddevalla

During GIBCA ExtEndEd it features a project by

Contact: imadart@gmail.com

Holy or secular stories… Our everyday stories are what unites and

Gothenburg-based artist Sarah Schmidt. Por-

identifies us. Where politicians use religion to sep-

traits of the new generation in Hammarkullen

arate us, Imad Rashdan instead uses language to

will move in the public display window that is

highlight our likenesses and how we harmonise.

part of Hammarkullen Konsthall. A performative

Rashdan’s work seeks to bring us closer, re-

event will take place when Class 3B at Em-

gardless of origin, religion or political affiliations.

Kulturernas samexistens – Ronak Azeez, Khalid

maskolan visits a photo booth that is filmed and

Our co-existence is founded on stories about

Baban, Faruq Omer & Kassem ”Mehai” Shawi D.,

immortalised. The place, which is simultaneously

people. Those who try to manipulate religions

21 Oct Exhibition

a tram station, art gallery and public space, is

have no place here. People’s daily activities are

transformed temporarily into a tribute to the

remarkably similar all over the world. They are

children of Gothenburg’s new generation.

instinctive and spontaneous. Rashdan assumes

Address: Hammarkullen Opening Hours: Saturday, 21 October 12 noon–5.30 pm

the role of narrator in his art, in contrast to those

Website: www.facebook.com/Kulturvandring

who adopt religion as their medium. His works express a human history that seeks to supplant

Hammarkullen 365 aims to promote Hammarkul-

fraud and manipulation. Rashdan proposes that

len by highlighting its rich arts scene, and by

those who use religion to justify their actions

providing a platform for cultural practitioners in

should make way for the enlightened and those

the area to meet—including both those who are

who are informed by humanity.

currently active and those who have previously worked in the arts but are no longer practising

Imad Rashdan Berättelse om Födelsen Photo: Somaia Al-Kafri

for various reasons. The project seeks to find new forms for collaborating, to expand the residents’ participation in the area’s cultural life, and to in-

Hammarkullen konsthall Photo: Hendrik Zeitler

crease the amount of activities for kids and teens. The exhibition Kulturernas samexistens (Co-existence of Cultures) with the artists Ronak Azeez, Khalid Baban, Faruq Omer and Kassem “Mehai” Shawi D. will be shown on a Cultural Walk in Hammarkullen on Saturday, 21 October. “We come from different cultures, and it’s

Humanistiska Biblioteket, Göteborgs Universitetsbibliotek Turkey and Secularity 19 Sep Lecture (in Swedish)

so nice that we have the experience to express ourselves through our art. We will show pictures from our wonderful cultures.” Hammarkullen 365 Kulturernas samexistens Photo: Faruq Omer

Address: Malmströmsrummet, Gothenburg University Humanities Library, Renströmsgatan 4, Gothenburg Date: Tuesday, 19 September 6 pm–7pm Website: www.ub.gu.se

In recent years, Turkey has developed in an increasingly authoritarian and undemocratic direction. This is often described as a transition from secularism to Islamism. But is it really that simple? Klas Grinell discusses the links between democracy, secularity, Islam and human rights in Turkey.


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Small Stage at the Göteborg Opera, 3:e Vånin-

The exhibition presents an ongoing dialogue

gen, Konstkollektivet in Mölndal and the Nordic

in the form of wordless manual work, between

Watercolour Museum in Tjörn. For updates and

five Thai and three Swedish craftsmen. Together,

tour schedule, please visit the website.

they explore creativity in many different materials, including textiles, ceramics and paper.

Duration: approx. 35 min.

The exhibition is a sequel to HOMO FABER I,

Choreography: Toby Kassell and Ingeborg

exhibited in Bangkok in 2015. This version is a


collaboration between Konsthallen Blå Stället and

Dancers: Evelina Gustafsson, Nea Landin, Felix

the Art Centre at Silpakorn University, Thailand.

Skalberg, Moa Sobelius Music: Linda Oláh

Participating artists: Chutimaree Chulakiet, Pim

Libretto: Toby Kassell

Sudhikham, Imhathai Suwattanasilp, Phantipa

Stage design, sound and lighting: Rasmus Persson

Thanchookiet, Karin Gustavsson, Jennifer Forsberg and Emma Linde. Paramaporn Sirikulchayanont,

Karin Sandberg & Vilda Kvist Children of the revolution? Photo: Eva Rocco Kenell

Karin Sandberg & Vilda Kvist

Tour Schedule:

Director of the Art Centre Silpakorn University, will

GöteborgsOperans Small Stage: 30 Oct at 6:30

be present at the opening.

pm and 8 pm Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Tjörn: 3 Nov at 7 pm

Opening: Saturday, 2 September, at 1 pm,

3:e Våningen: 6 Nov at 6:30 pm and 8 pm

including a presentation and guided tour.

Konstkollektivet, Mölndal: 7 Nov at 7 pm HALVA HIMLEN – HALF THE SKY 28 Oct–10 Dec Exhibition, Workshops, Discussions Feminism and the fight for gender equality are different in different cultures. The exhibition, and

Children of the revolution?

the events around it, encourages discussions and


new perspectives:

For address and time: see www.gibca.se

MAGADI – Osborne Macharia, Kenya The artists Karin Sandberg and Vilda Kvist ac-

The photographic series Magadi is a fictive story

knowledge the upcoming generations’ thoughts

about women who used to be circumcisers but

on the future in their first joint work, Children of

now live on the vast plains around lake Magadi,

the revolution?. They have collected young people’s

running a centre for ethnic fashion, protecting

thoughts in interviews and writers’ workshops.

young girls from early marriage, and teaching

With loops, echoes and song, they interweave the questions and reflections that these youth and

them the skills of fashion design. Kassel/Zackariassen Transition Photo: Chris Caig

Osborne Macharia is called an Afro Futurist.

children have on the meaning of life, if there is one.

His photographic narratives walk the line between

To whom should they address the big questions,

fantasy and reality, highlighting culture, fiction

and what are the big questions? Karin Sandberg’s art focuses on themes of

Konsthallen Blå Stället

and identity. His subjects include hot topics such as gender oppression, ivory poaching and

identity creation and marginalisation, based on

Exhibition, Workshop and Discussion

albinism. Macharia breaks away from stereo-

statistics, fiction and poetry.

Address: Angereds Torg 13, Gothenburg

types and offers new perspectives on the world.

Vilda Kvist works on issues relating to how history is written, both on a personal and collective level. She explores truth as absurdity,

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 12-6 pm, Fri 12-5 pm, Sat-Sun 12-4 pm Contact: info@blastallet.goteborg.se Website: www.blastallet.goteborg.se


– Reem Kassem & Kariem Saleh, Egypten Half the World is an interdisciplinary project

courage, voice and bombastic emotionality. ...................................................


HOMO FABER II 2 Sep–15 Oct Exhibition

aimed at promoting positive attitudes to gender

The title of the exhibition, Homo faber, is Latin

issues, encompassing a variety of perspectives

for ‘man the maker.’ It can be interpreted as

on equality and/or discrimination, from Arabic

questioning whether there is a divine creator, or

and ‘Western’ societies. It invites groups to take

if we are the creators of our own destiny.

part and uses artistic approaches to inspire the

Transition 30 Oct–7 Nov Touring Dance Show Address: The addresses of each performance venue can be

Konsthallen Blå Stället Osborne Macharia, Kenya MAGADI

found on the respective websites Opening Hours: Performance dates and times can we found on the respective websites Website: www.facebook.com/kassellzackariassen

Transition is a work that strives to highlight how we are affected by the perpetual change that society insists we are currently undergoing. Can it really be called a transition, or do we just go on behaving and consuming like before, in some kind of fantasy about general social progress to justify our own personal apathy? The choreographer duo Kassell/Zackariassen want to raise this issue by inviting the audience to an open space where everyone can create their own physical and intellectual experiences. The show tours the Västra Götaland Region from 30 October to 7 November. Venues include


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participants’ own expressions and new ways of thinking. At Konsthallen Blå Stället, photos from places and countries the artists have visited previously are on display, together with new pictures from the workshops held in Angered. Workshops are organised in partnership with TILLT. Opening: Saturday, 28 October, at 1 pm, including

Konstrummet in Skärhamn library Tjörn kommun Photo: Maria Johannessen

a workshop. ...................................................

Konstrummet in Skärhamn Library

Konsthallen Trollhättan

20 Sep–5 Nov Group Exhibition

I have enough guilt to start my own religion – Maria Q Brising 16 Sep–15 Oct Exhibition and Panel Discussion

Address: Kroksdalsvägen 1, Skärhamn Opening Hours: Mon–Thu 8–7 pm, Fri 8–5 pm, Sat–Sun 11–3 pm Contact: marie.bergdahl@tjorn.se

Address: The Annex, Konsthallen Trollhättan, Nohabgatan 11, Trollhättan Opening Hours: Tue–Sun 11 am–4 pm, Wed 11 am–7 pm Website: www.mariaqb.com

Konsthallen Trollhättan Maria Q Brising I have enough guilt to start my own religion graphite drawing

Website: www.tjorn.se

Tjörn has plenty of room for art and culture! The HARVEST is his new work, based on secular

art room in Skärhamn Library presents a group

With an installation of drawings and an open

society’s worship of power and technology, and

exhibition of some of Tjörn’s practising profes-

panel discussion, Maria Q Brising explores the

the frequently negative environmental impact of

sional artists who have been invited to participate

role of art in secular society, and how we can

this blind faith.

with works on the theme of “The Secular Society.”

meet constructively despite different beliefs. The

INPUT is a sculpture, land art, and a tech-

installation demonstrates symmetry, focus and

nical innovation at the same time that will be

Opening: Saturday, 30 September at 1 pm, which

tranquillity. Caring for the darkness; taking care

placed on a cliff somewhere in the world. Inside

also marks the start of Tjörn Arts Week.

of darkness, fear and guilt. The art space as a

the work there is a wind turbine and a powerful

refuge and breathing space.

computer that generates cryptocurrency. This

The panel discussion deals with human

production is entirely legal, and anyone can,


Kungsbacka Konsthall

rights, art, science and faith. Can contemporary

and is allowed to, do it, which makes it a global,

art serve as a link, a catalyst for dialogue? Are

democratic currency, free from protectionist

science and knowledge the only way to develop,

interest rate policies and currency speculation.

Objekt Plats Tillbaka – Kihlberg & Henry, Anna

or do we need some form of ‘spirituality,’ per-

The system of HARVEST is completely self-suf-

Liljedal och Simon Rydén 1 Sep–15 Oct Exhibition

haps now even more than ever?

ficient, and its environmental impact is minimal; moreover, all the money it produces is donated

Panel Discussion (in Swedish): Saturday, 16 September, at 4 pm–6 pm, Hur kan vi skapa

to environmental organisations. Konstmuseet will monitor HARVEST’s

dialog mellan olika livsåskådningar? (How can we

processes via satellite in real time, study models,

achieve dialogue between different faiths?).

drawings and provide everything visitors need to


Konstmuseet, Skövde Kulturhus HARVEST – Julian Oliver 14 Sep–19 Nov Exhibition Address: Trädgårdsgatan 9, Skövde


Konstnärscentrum Väst

Website: www.kungsbacka.se/kultur

(Object Place Back) all have their roots in Kungsbacka, but none of them live there anymore. Maybe, whatever place we choose to describe, we are also describing the place we come from— be it the ocean, the myth of Atlantis and the

(X)sites Sjuhäradsrundan / (X)sites Kattegattleden

architect Jørn Utzon’s legendary house on Mal-

5 Aug–1 Nov Exhibition of Site-Specific Art

lorca, or the image hiding in the lines of a failed printout. There are threads here that interweave,

Website: www.landart.se

Website: www.skovde.se/Konstmuseet

Sat–Sun 11 am–3 pm Contact: konsthallen@kungsbacka.se

The artists in the exhibition Objekt Plats Tillbaka


Contact: info@landart.se

Contact: konst@skovde.se

Opening Hours: Wed–Thu 12 noon–6 pm, Fri 12 noon–4 pm,

build their own, environmentally friendly, money

Opening Hours: Tue–Wed 12 noon–6 pm, Thu 12 noon–7 pm, Fri–Sun 12 noon–4 pm

Address: Kulturhuset Fyren, Borgmästaregatan 6, Kungsbacka

linking memory and place. Guided Tours: Evening Tour, 5 September at 6 pm;

(X)sites is an exhibition organised by Konstnärs-

Lunchtime tours, 20 September and 11 October at 12 noon.

Julian Oliver (NZ/DE) has his roots in the 1990s

centrum väst, featuring site-specific temporary

activist hacker culture, and has scrutinised

art in the landscape along the bike routes Sju-

issues relating to society’s vulnerability and de-

häradsrundan and Kattegattleden. (X) stands for

pendence on technology for more than 20 years.

what we don’t know, sites represents the places,

Konstnärscentrum Väst (X)sites

and excites = engages. The project is characterised Konsthall Skövde

by all these explorative elements: from the artists’ work on site, to the visitors’ encounter with the art and the countryside. Regional, Swedish and international artists will be involved in making works of art in specific locations throughout July until the opening on 5 August. Tours, workshops and happenings will be organised near the works throughout the exhibition period, 5 August to 1 November. Information on times and exact locations will be posted on the website.


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Långedsprojektet Sign and stock of paper in Långed paper mill. Photos: Lena Adamina Waldau

Torp (Hjärtum), now the pilgrim route between Lödöse and north towards Trondheim. People and animals can walk to this place together, regardless of religion, gender or age. This is a place for everyone. It becomes a meeting place when art and people are added. During the weekend of 23–24 September, between 11 am and 5 pm, artists will be there, to greet visitors and offer them something to eat and drink. A poet will read poetry, and those who wish can participate worlds and links, but it can also create isolated bubbles and stratified societies. In Next to You at

Långeds plats i kapitalismen 23 Sep–15 Oct Exhibition

Installation by Monica Funck, poetry by

Korsvägen, Marika Hedemyr examines this para-

Katarina Fleicher, music by Lolo Funck Anders-

dox with an interactive walk where your choices

son, Joel Edin and Anton Samsson.

decide the course of events—a private Mixed


in adding to the house that is standing there.

The place will be open and accessible

Reality situation is generated where our percep-

throughout GIBCA, and the organisers will be

tion of the place and the passers-by is enhanced.

present on agreed times.

What direction are you going? Be prepared! The work was created for, and can be ex-

Directions: 2 km north of Hjärtum, turn left at the

perienced at, Korsvägen in Gothenburg. Take the

Valdalsbergen Nature Preserve, park by the barn.

Address: Gallery Olika, Enetsvägen 2, Dals Långed

walk on your own with your mobile and headset,

Bus stop: Torps Gård, and follow the signposts.

Opening Hours: Wed–Thur 4 pm–7 pm, Sat–Sun 1 pm–5 pm

or borrow equipment when the team is on site.

Contact: artfool@telia.com Website: www.langedprojektet.se

Marika Hedemyr’s art explores emotional and political relations between people and places. Her recent public works expand choreography

The paper mill in Dals Långed in Dalsland closed

and narratives with new technology.


Nordiska Akvarellmuseet Sekularitet och religion i Japan 30 Sep

in autumn 2015. The position of Långed in the capitalist system is the theme for the Långed

Artist Talk (in Swedish): Wednesday, 11 October

Project’s exhibition. Starting from the local com-

at 6 pm–7 pm, Museum of World Culture. Meet

munity, the place and the paper mill, the exhibi-

the artist in a talk with Klas Grinell, Research

tion looks further, to the systemic level, where

Coordinator and Curator for the Museum of

capitalism appears as incontestable as a religion.

World Culture’s exhibition Crossroads.

The god of capitalism is Mammon: property and materialism. Capitalism exploits Muslims,

For more information and opening time:

Christians and Buddhists, men and women, and


Lecture (in Swedish) Address: Nordic Watercolour Museum, Södra Hamnen 6, Skärhamn Date: 30 September at 3 pm Contact: info@akvarellmuseet.org Website: www.akvarellmuseet.org

The Nordic Watercolour Museum invites you to

makes no distinction between ethnicities or skin

Sekularitet och religion i Japan (Secularity and

colour. But the resistance is often secular, such

Religion in Japan), an open lecture on religiosity

as trade unions, women’s rights movements, and

in two of ‘the world’s most secular nations’: Ja-

environmental organisations.

pan and Sweden. In conjunction with its ongoing exhibition of Japanese contemporary art and


GIBCA’s thematic on secularity, the lecture challenges the concepts of secularity and religiosity

Marika Hedemyr

as universal phenomena. Japan is often regarded as a country where

Next to You at Korsvägen 6 Sept–19 Nov

religion plays a marginal part in society. Few

Mixed Reality Walk and Artist Talk

Japanese consider themselves religious, and the state and religion are strictly separated accord-

Meeting Place: Korsvägen 2, Gothenburg, outside the waiting

ing to the constitution.

room at Pressbyrån

And yet, more religious traditions coexist

Opening Hours: Open to the public at any time to experience

here than in any other country; some say that

with the ‘Next to You’ app. A team will be onsite on the following dates; times to be announced: 6−24 September,

the Japanese are born as Shintoists, marry as

11−15 October, 14−19 November. For more details visit:

Christians, and are buried as Buddhists. How is


this reconciled with the image of Japan as ‘the

Contact: www.marikahedemyr.com

world’s most secular nation,’ is one of the issues

Project’s Website: www.nexttoyou.art

that will be discussed in the lecture. Monica Funck På oplogade vägar

Ernils Larsson is a doctoral student at the

Where are you going? How do you relate to the

Religion and Society Research Centre, Uppsala

person next to you? A smartphone can open new

University. In his doctoral thesis he studies how

Monica Funck

Japanese courts address the issue of what is religion and what is not.

På oplogade vägar 23 Sep–19 Nov Site-Specific Installation

Nordiska Akvarellmuseet

Address: Torp 102 Hjärtum, Trollhättan Opening Hours: The work is accessible throughout the whole period. On 23–24 September, the work is manned by the artists between 11 am–5 pm Website: www.monicafunck.se / www.lolo.se

As part of GIBCA ExtEndEd, a meeting place/ Marika Hedemyr Next to you Photo: Marika Hedemyr


rest stop in nature is created along the old main road near Valdalsbäcken, between Sollum and

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Nääs konsthantverk A clear day Photo: Mikael Hansen

Nordiska folkhögskolan Utsikten måste vara fri! 7–10 Nov Exhibition Address: Olof Palmes väg 1, Kungälv Opening Hours: Information on the website and on Facebook Contact: sanna.levelius.nordiska@folkbildning.net Website: www.nordiska.fhsk.se

“The school in Kungälv needs to keep a clear view, not just of the Nordic region, but the whole world; Here, the focus must be on modern society and democracy, with a vigorous debate on ideas, and a passionate approach to issues of faith and philosophy.” These were the words of Carin Cederblad, co-founder of Nordiska folkhögskolan in 1947. This autumn, GIBCA’s theme and the role of the arts will be processed by students at the Nordiska folkhögskola. For a few days in Novem-

Nääs Konsthantverk Sculpture, Exhibition and Choral Work

ber, the public is invited to an exhibition, lively debates on ideas and a passionate approach to issues of faith and philosophy. Come and help keep a clear view.

Address: Nääs Slott, Nääs Alle 3, Floda Opening Hours: Please visit the website for dates and times Contact: m.j@naaskonsthantverk.se Website: www.naaskonsthantverk.se

Panncentralen Galleri Mariestad Exhibition Address: Verkstadsgatan 10, Mariestad Contact: konstforening@panncentralen.nu Website: www.panncentralen.nu

Opening: Tuesday, 7 November at 2.30 pm–4 pm. ...................................................

NSFW in association with 3:e Våningen Making Others Mad 7 Sep–3 Nov Exhibition

En Plats i Europa Mixed Sculpture

A secular society is recognised by its intercul-

The artist Cecilia Parsberg has designed The

tural influences and the resistance that these

House—a mobile image sculpture with projections

can provoke. For this edition, Panncentralen is

of light, photography and videos from within the

participating in GIBCA ExtENDED to more clearly

translucent walls and roof. What and how much

define the rights that should be accessible to

is determined by the location and the context in

all. Democratic values are not something that,

which the House participates. Cecilia Parsberg

once they have been won, belong to us forever.

highlights and visualises the living conditions of

Protecting human rights is a daily battle.

Address: 3:e Våningen, Sockerbruket 9, Gothenburg

many migrants, in and outside Europe—a condi-

Opening Hours: Wed–Fri 12 noon–4 pm

tion that is becoming more common and is often

right of every human to be themselves. To own

hidden from the general public. The House juts into

their body and to have their values respected.

the ground. Like some of the boats with migrants

Global information technology has given those

Contact: info@svilova.org / kontakt@3vaningen.se Websites: www.svilova.org / www.3vaningen.se

Panncentralen’s contribution highlights the

on the Mediterranean that are unsuitable for

with hidden agendas a forum where they can

Making Others Mad is in many ways based on

transporting people, the EU and the Swedish rules

vent their dark thoughts, putting especially chil-

black metal, but is more about ‘teenage rebel-

are unsuited to the well-being of the people who

dren and young adults in jeopardy.

lion’ and finding one’s own identity through a

arrive here. The House is Cecilia Parsberg’s and

group. Subcultures are interesting alternatives

Nääs Arts and Craft’s attempt to take part in a

importance of the arts, democratic rights and the

to ideology and religion, but nevertheless have

positive discussion about the situation. How can

economy for social development, both locally and

two things in common with them: a group of

integration and community be created?

regionally. With exhibitions, installations and participation in events such as GIBCA, Panncentralen

people with common goals. The exhibition features artists who deal

A Clear Day until 31 Sep Exhibition

with subcultures and identity through installa-

Participating artists: Helena Marika Ekenger (SE),

tion, drawing and performance art.

Mikael Hansen (DK), Kaisu Koivisto (FI), Maria Lilja

Curated by NSFW (Malin Huber, Alida Ivanov and Oscar Ramos).

seeks to reach more people with its message. Information about all activities is available online at panncentralen.nu.

(SE), Cecilia Parsberg (SE), Agneta Segerfelt (SE), Greger Ståhlgren (SE) och Lise Wulff (N). The artists present site-specific sculptures

Opening: Thursday, 7 September at 6 pm.

Panncentralen is committed to clarifying the

Panncentralen Galleri Mariestad Siri Holm Texttonkonst

and installations on the subject of migration and the flexibility of modern mankind. The exhibi-

NSFW in association with 3:e Våningen Making Others Mad

tion focuses on the migration of modern human beings from Africa to Europe and Scandinavia some 70,000 years ago. The artists relate to a few historic places along this route. As a whole, the exhibition pieces together a timeless puzzle from various aspects of one of our major contemporary issues. Flykten Valde Oss 26 Aug Choral Work The composer Tormod Tvete Vik has written a choral work for twelve parts on the poem Flykten valde oss (Flight Sought Us Out) by Stig Dagerman. The six-minute work is about having to flee from one’s country. Stig Dagerman’s poem was written in 1954 and has a lot to say about the world we live in today. The first performance will take place in Lekhuset at Nääs Castle with 150 singers on Saturday, 26 August.


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Pannrummet på Konstepidemin Angelica Olsson Photo: Angelica Olsson © BUS Angelica Olsson 2017

Performance: Experiment with Dreams, Thursday, 5 Oct at 6 pm, in Lilla Salen. Musical reading of a text by Leif Elggren and Thomas Liljenberg, performed by the artists Cecilia Runesson and Hanna Chawki. Admission free. Kungsbacka: Kulturhuset Fyren 5–17 Sep Address: Borgmästaregatan 6, Kungsbacka Opening Hours: Mon–Thur 10 am–8 pm, Fri 10 am–6 pm, Sat–Sun 11 am–3 pm Website: www.kungsbacka.se/kultur

Pannrummet at Konstepidemin The Yellow Submarine – Angelica Olsson 30 Sep–20 Oct Film Screening Address: Konstepidemins väg 6, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Tue–Thu 12 noon–5 pm, Fri–Sun 12 noon–4 pm Website: www.konstepidemin.se

SMITTANDE ORO OCH MOD: An art project about freedom of expression

Events at Kulturhuset Fyren: Guided Tour: Wednesday, 13 Sep at 6 pm. Lilla Edet: Outside the Town Hall 16 Sep–1 Oct Address: Järnvägsgatan 12, Lilla Edet

During GIBCA ExtEndEd, this project will participate via five municipalities with four works that

Opening Hours: 24 hours Website: www.lillaedet.se

were previously shown separately. This is the first and last time they are shown together. From 1 February to 17 May, the 12 munic-

Events at Lilla Edet: Opening: Saturday, 16 September at 11.30 am–12

A cinematic essay (15:30 mins.) by Angelica

ipalities participating in the project Smittande

noon. The exhibition starts with a performance

Olsson, with music by Dag Rosenqvist.

oro och mod (Contageous Fear and Courage)

by the music school, an opening address by the

In a traumatic situation, our perception

have simultaneously and periodically shown a

municipal commissioner Carlos Rebelo da Silva,

ceases to be logical, our sense of time chang-

new, unique work of art in 12 copies, highlighting

a song by Jomard Ammara and his daughter

es, and the brain constructs highways to that

fear and courage in the context of democracy

Sherin Ammara (one of Sweden’s biggest YouTube

which is painful. Our awareness fragments into

and freedom of expression. The participating

sisters), and a presentation of #Jagärhär, an anti-

abstraction. Memory, the present and dreams

artists are: Nina Bondeson (SE), Kendell Geers

hate group on Facebook, which is contagiously

fuse. The Yellow Submarine is a portrayal of

(ZA), Carl Michael von Hausswolff (SE) and Esther


a grieving process and a story about losing a

Shalev-Gerz (FR). Curator: Jörgen Svensson.

family member. Grief is a subjective experience,

For information about all the participating

Stenungsund: Kulturhuset Fregatten 9–23 Sep

but a condition we all share. Death is an inevita-

municipalities and the project in general, please

Address: Fregatten 2, Stenungsund

ble part of life, but the why and when are highly

visit: www.smittandeoromod.se

Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10 am–7 pm, Sat 10 am–3 pm

dependent on the life we lead. The film is based

Website: www.stenungsund.se

on diary notes, text fragments and sporadic

Härryda: Nemeshallen, Mölnlycke kulturhus

footage. Angelica Olsson uses media such as

30 Sep–14 Oct

Events at Kulturhuset Fregatten:

drawing, text and moving pictures. The imagery

Address: Biblioteksgatan 2, Mölnlycke

Lecture (in Swedish): Yttrandefrihet/Bildkonst

features compositions in greys, alternating from

Opening Hours: Mon–Thu 8 am–7 pm, Fri 8 am–5 pm,

(Freedom of Expression/Visual Arts) with Thord

concrete figuration to abstraction. Her works often spring from specific situations that reveal details or fragments from a broader narrative. ...................................................

Skjul Fyra Sex Den kollektiva ensamhetens disharmoni

Sat 11 am–3 pm Website: www.harryda.se/kultur

Events at Mölnlycke Kulturhus:

Öckerö: Utställningshallen, Öckerö Library

Lecture (in Swedish): Vad är grejen med samtids-

9–23 Sep

konst? (What’s the Thing with Contemporary Art?),

Address: Sockenvägen 4, Öckerö

Thursday, 5 Oct at 5 pm, in Lilla Salen. Maria

Opening Hours: Mon–Thu 10 am–7 pm, Fri 10 am–4 pm,

Carlgren from Kultur i Väst talks about contemporary art, what it is and can be, in various styles and media. Admission free.

21–29 Oct Exhibition Address: Fiskhamnsgatan 41, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Sat–Sun 12 noon–6 pm

Tamming, Tuesday, 19 September at 7 pm.

Skjul Fyra Sex Den kollektiva ensamhetens disharmoni Photo: Glenn Johansson

Contact: skjulfyrasex@gmail.com

Sat 10 am–2 pm Website: www.ockero.se/utstallningshallen


Sockerbruket 17 Exisdance – Accepdance: Ida Erika Abrahamsson, Steve Bettman, Katarina Norrby & Lena Selander 6–15 Oct Exhibition

The Fulet Arts Association has created a room of disharmony in one of the old warehouses in

Address: Sockerbruket 17, Göteborg

the Fiskehamnen docklands, in the hope that

Opening Hours: Mon–Fri 4 pm–7 pm, Sat–Sun 12 noon–5 pm

individuals will join in the collective effort to build bridges out of notes that explore the discord of

A game is only as good as its rules allow. An exhi-

loneliness. Together.

bition about co-existence. Paintings and sculpOpening: Saturday, 21 October at 12–6 pm, with

tures by Ida Erika Abrahamsson, Steve Bettman,

food and drink.

Katarina Norrby and Lena Selander. Opening: Friday, 6 October at 5 pm–8 pm Kulturnatta: Friday, 13 October at 5 pm–late


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Steneby Konsthall

An interview with Frauke. The work Yama explores our relationship to

TO FACE – Paula Urbano & Elin Berge

undomesticated nature. The mountains repre-

28 Sep–5 Nov Exhibition

sent climax, revelation and transition – they are our highest peaks, and also the omphalos of the

Address: Steneby Konsthall, Enhetsvägen 1, Dals Långed

world, the origin of everything. Yama – three

Opening Hours: Mon 10 am–6pm, Tue–Thu 1 pm–5 pm,

bodies is a unique live performance with the

Sat–Sun 3 pm–5 pm

Butoh artist and dancer Frauke and the electro/

Website: www.steneby.se/konsthall/

In Flyktens väntrum (The Waiting Room of Flight)

glitch musician Andreas Tilliander. Steneby Konsthall Drottninglandet - Phis brudklänning Elin Berge

Paula Urbano constructs the spatial realities

Tell us about your performance Yama! Yama means mountain in Japanese. That’s

that asylum seekers encounter or are referred to.

arisen or developed in the respective countries

what inspires me, along with our relationship

In the film Flyktingen av den sorgliga skepnaden

represented in the exhibition, guarantee a com-

to wild nature. Last year, I became fascinated

(The Refugee of Sad Countenance), we meet an

prehensive and colourful interaction.

asylum seeker with all the usual human flaws and

with predators, I created the work Wolves, and I am pursuing that now – exploring the untamed.

advantages, and a question that remains unan-

Opening and Performance: 7 October

Japan inspires me, living in the midst of undo-

swered. Urbano also shows a project based on her

Workshops: 8 and 14 October

mesticated nature, in the wild, surrounded by

own origin, where she challenges our attitudes to

Concert: 14 October

waterfalls and mountains. I’m also very interest-

nationality, borders and identity. Elin Berge meets people with an inquisitive gaze. She candidly explores different groups, many of which are surrounded by prejudice, highlighting individuals and their stories, forcing us to look beyond stereotypes. With her camera, she gives people back their sovereignty. Berge shows pictures from her projects Slöjor (Veils) and Drottninglandet (Queensland).

ed in ancient Japanese folk traditions. For updates, please visit: www.stonezone.se/gallery ...................................................

Strandverket Konsthall Performance

Levinas’ ideas on our moral responsibility in the encounter with the Other. Berge and Urbano

as a cycle, a state. It’s about my body, the mountain, and what happens between them. What brought you to Butoh? Frauke is a part of me. Frauke is my body. But she is also a gift. With Frauke I turn into

The oeuvres of Elin Berge and Paula Urbano readily bring to mind the philosopher Emmanuel

Yama is part of a trilogy, Three Bodies, about nature’s cyclical change. I see movement

something bigger that is all body. I step out of Address: Hamngatan 56, Marstrand Contact: info@strandverket.se Website: www.strandverket.se

Caroline, the social being, who inhabits social structures. With Frauke I become universe, material, clouds, nature, ocean... I am so grateful for

challenge the viewer to see and understand. It’s

Both works, Yama – three bodies (with Frauke &

being able to prioritise erasing myself and being

our choice whether we meet a gaze or turn away.

Andreas Tilliander) and Experiment With Dreams

just body. There is so much thinking in the West,

(with Chawki&Runesson) are presented at Strand-

it takes over practically everything.


verket Art Museum as part of GIBCA ExtEndEd.

I feel at home in Japan. Now I’ve developed my own form of Butoh, a Scandinavian Butoh.


Yama – three bodies – Frauke & Andreas Tilliander

I feel I have something to offer, both in Sweden

21 & 22 Sep Butoh Dance, Performance

and Japan.

Reflections 7–15 October Exhibition The work Yama, which means mountain in JapaAddress: Hällevadsholm 16, Hällevadsholm Opening Hours: Everyday 12 noon–6 pm Contact: gallery@stonezone.se Website: www.stonezone.se/gallery

nese, explores our relationship to undomesticated nature. The mountains represent climax, revelation and transition—they are our highest points, and also the omphalos of the world, the origin of everything. Three bodies refers to nature’s cyclical

The non-profit organisation StoneZone presents

changes and the three bodies, or phases, that

an exhibition of works by invited guest artists

nature goes through in its perpetual flow. Yama –

and their own artist members. Together, 12 pro-

three bodies is a unique live performance with the

fessional and internationally recognized artists

butoh artist and dancer Frauke and the electro/

produce an exhibition described as a ‘reflection’

glitch musician Andreas Tilliander.

on today’s secular society, where the very choice

The show takes place when day meets

of exhibition venue, in the countryside far from

night at Strandverket Art Museum, on the craggy

the city, is a positioning in itself. GIBCA’s overall

island of Marstrand. Strandverket Art Museum is

theme this year, ‘secularity,’ informs the works

located in a stone fortification that juts out into

of the artists individually, and the exhibition as

the sea, beautifully surrounded by water.

a whole. The multicultural perceptions that have Date: Thursday, 21 Sep 7.30 pm–8.15 pm and Friday, 22 Sep 8.45 pm–9.30 pm StoneZone Reflections

Experiment with Dreams – Chawki&Runesson 22 Sep Performance In Experiment With Dreams the artists Hanna Chawki and Cecilia Runesson read an eponymously titled text by the artists Leif Elggren and Thomas Liljenberg, creating an intimate recital/ séance on the boundary between dream and wak-

Strandverket Konsthall Frauke Yama Photo: Anna Drvnik

ing, reality and fiction, repetition and surprise, in a hypnotic twilight soundscape (approx. 40 mins.). Date: Friday, 22 Sep 7.30 pm–8.15 pm


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In Butoh there is no hierarchy. I see under the soles of my feet, my back sees. Above all, I dance for dance. I dance for the mountains and the sky. I think with my body. I take a stand for my body and hope to give energy to others. Thursday 21 Sep you can see Yama for 150 kr and Friday 22 Sep can see both Yama and Experiment with Dreams for 250 kr. The buses leave from central Gothenburg both evenings and take you to and from Strandverket konsthall. The bus journey costs 50 kr. Tickets and buses can be booked on www.strandverket.se ...................................................

Studio OAS Enchanté 22–27 Sep Exhibition Address: Studio OAS, Daniel Petterssons gata 5, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Sat–Sun 12 noon–6 pm, Tue–Wed 5 pm–8 pm Contact: hej@studiooas.com

Textival Skilje Photo: Stina Nilss

Website: www.studiooas.com

Re-enchantment is a concept that describes

Levemark, Ami Norda, Jesper Norda and Christi-

often got onto secularity as a deficiency – a

na Skårud.

foundation for rootlessness. We’ve talked about

the counter-reaction to secularised society, where the world, life, nature and society are

the need to put your faith in something – but Opening: 2 September 11 am–6 pm

explained from a rational perspective, and

perhaps this doesn’t have to be religion in the traditional sense.

religious institutions lose their influence, while

An interview with Jesper Norda, Studio Stenkols-

individualistic spirituality is increasing. In an


What questions do you hope the exhibition will

age where everything around us is increasingly

Studio Stenkolsgatan will be relocating for a


measured and calculated in economic and tech-

couple of weeks to Saltet’s premises on Ringön,

We want to highlight certain factors that have

nological terms, there is a growing hunger for

for an exhibition based on the artists’ discussions

a significant impact on the contemporary world

intuition, mysticism and magic.

about secularity. This is a traditional exhibition

but are not always acknowledged. The lack of

in many ways, with a lot of paintings and a few

historic, religious or art historic perspectives. The

installation-based works.

problems that arise from not knowing or recog-

The participants are members of Studio OAS, a multidisciplinary collective based in Guldheden. The Studio is both a workplace and a

nising the old stories. The rootlessness that can

physical creative platform for discussions, exhibi-

What will you be showing during GIBCA ExtEndEd?

tions, workshops and other events.

Jesper Norda will show parts of a graphic work in progress called Benförteckning (Bone List),

be the down side of being secular. ...................................................

Participating artists: Hannes Ahremark, Filip-

naming all the bones in the human body. Chris-

pa Andersson, Mathilda Björk, Robert Ek, Nini

tina Skårud’s works often highlight existential

Hansen, Stephanie Johansson, Andreas Rem-

issues and the hidden, and for this exhibition she

feldt, Pia Räty and Hampus Wester.

explores esoteric and art historic symbolism, with

Skiljande tecken – platsens begär

works that serve as incantations or reflections

2 Sep, 14 Oct, 4 Nov Walks

Opening: Friday, 22 September at 6 pm–9 pm ...................................................

Studio Stenkolsgatan My God, it’s full of stars 2–17 Sep Exhibition Address: Saltet at Ringön, Stålverksgatan 2, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Sat–Sun 12 noon–4 pm Contact: studiostenkolsgatan@gmail.com


on the state of things. Björn Camenius will work on a painting based on the familiar image of the Tower of Babel, and Therése Hurtig is working on a series of images on nature as a sacred free zone. Ami Norda’s painting is inspired by the con-

Address: Mollaryd Station, commuter platform (meeting place) Opening Hours: 2 September 10 am–1 pm, 14 October 2–5 pm, 4 November 2–5 pm Contact: info@textival.se Website: www.textival.se

cept of acrasia, which means to act contrary to your better judgement. Cecilia Jönsson presents a series that explores pictures as openings or limits

Textival invites you to walks, discussions, art and


text on the theme of unifying factors, holy and

The works relate to our discussions on the Biennial’s theme of secularity. The discussion

secular places, and ethical, geographical and artistic boundaries. Texts chosen by guest writers, librarians

In preparation for the exhibition My God, it’s full of stars, the artists Björn Camenius, Therése

Studio Stenkolsgatan

and artists—with or without relation to belief or non-belief—are presented, like greetings from a

Hurtig, Cecilia Jönsson, Mari Lagerquist, Fil-

written voice, via a reading gaze, to a listening re-

ippa Levemark, Ami Norda, Jesper Norda and

ceiver. In places that can be regarded as in some

Christina Skårud, have discussed the concept of

sense holy, separating or desirable. What happens when we compare the

secular society. Their conversation explored the zone where boundaries are drawn between the

segregation of secularity with the separation

private (faith, non-faith) and the public (religious

between narratives, aesthetics, writers and

structures, secular structures) and has served as

readers? Or with different kinds of desire and

a base for the artists to produce their works.

their relationship to physical or mental spaces? If we regard secularity as a forum for negotiat-

Participating artists: Björn Camenius, Therése

ing different ways of life, what happens if that

Hurtig, Cecilia Jönsson, Mari Lagerquist, Filippa

potential for negotiation disappears? And who


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Upper Hand Never Again Detail from Rickard Eklunds Mjöldryga på duk, 58✗60cm, 2017 Photo: © Rickard Eklund

holds the power to formulate, or what norms govern, these spaces of negotiation? A ten-kilometre walk: 2 September, with breaks and talks relating to the theme Shorter walks: 14 October and 4 November, with readings and discussions For more information, please visit www.textival.se An interview with Textival What happens when we compare the segregation of secularity with the separation between narratives, aesthetics, writers and readers? Or with different kinds of desire and their relationship to physical or mental spaces? If we regard secularity as a forum for negotiating different ways of life, what happens if that potential for negotiation disappears? And who holds the power to formulate, or what norms govern, these spaces of negotiation? Tell us what you will be doing during the Biennial?

Rickard Eklund and John Salquist studied

We’ve called the project Skiljande tecken – platsens

at the Valand Academy. This is their first exhibi-

begär (Separating Signs – Desire of Place), and it’s

tion together at the artist-driven Upper Hand

about Mollaryd. We’re inviting writers, artists, ac-

gallery at Gårda.

tivists and religious representatives to talk about secularised and holy places. There will be readings, discussions and printed texts at three events. At Fjällastigen Day, we will have breaks for art, where writers and activists from several countries participate in different languages: Polish, Arabic, Russian and English. What are your thoughts on the Biennial’s secular-

separation of state and church, and what the implications are. Secularity is often seen as the opposite of religion, but that’s not how it is.

to take them to Palestine. The next wave of flying objects came in 1946, when an image of Christ was seen in a mine in Kristineberg. A prophecy that “people will

Opening: Friday, 15 September at 6 pm–10 pm ...................................................

Vänersborgs Konsthall

rise to the sky on a dragon-like, hissing object” began to circulate. In 1951, the Pentecostal pastor Birger Claesson had a vision of how the Soviet Union would invade Sweden in the very regions where ‘ghost flights’ had been observed. This was around the

Debora Elgeholm 19 Aug–30 Sep

same time and location as the Enbom spy affair

Exhibition and Lecture

took place.

Address: Kungsgatan 15, Vänersborg

in the USA originated in the ‘ghost flights’ in

ity theme? We’ve been thinking about secularity as the

that an airborne, celestial silver ark was coming

C.G. Ljung claimed that the UFO rumours Opening Hours: Mon–Fri 12–4 pm, Wed also evening opening 5 pm–7 pm, Sat–Sun 11 am–3 pm Contact: konsthallen@vanersborg.se Website: www.vanersborg.se/konsthall

Sweden in winter 1933/34, and that the myths of flying vessels sprang from the collective fear at the time of the Cold War.

It’s more about how we should live together, a Lectures (in Swedish) during the exhibition:

negotiation. ...................................................

Upper Hand

Debora Elgeholm’s practice focuses on how events in society impact on religious notions. Her

Saturday, 2 September at 2 pm: Thomas Arnroth

exhibition is based on the ‘ghost flyings’ reported

on his graphic novel Livets ord; Mina tio orimliga

in Norrbotten in the 1930s. The defence forces

år som frälst.

concluded that the sightings were Soviet recon-

Never Again ⓪ – Rickard Eklund & John Salquist

naissance aircraft. In spring 1934, the Korpela

Saturday, 30 September at 1 pm: David Thurfjell,

15–24 Sep Exhibition

movement emerged in Tornedalen. They believed

professor of religion at Södertörn University.

Address: Tritongatan 5, Gårda, Gothenburg Opening Hours: Tue–Fri 1–5 pm, Sat–Sun 12 noon–4 pm Contact: rickardeklund@gmail.com / mouvitz@gmail.com Website: www.rickardljungdahleklund.com/neveragain

Vänersborg Konsthall Debora Elgeholm Syner I Norrland

In the exhibition Never Again ⓪, Eklund and Salquist explore the Claviceps purpurea, an ergot fungus that grows on the ears of rye, wheat and barley, and has caused outbreaks of mysterious suffering throughout the ages. It may also have been at the core of a forgotten psychedelic ceremony. The exhibition follows an ethno-botanical trail and iconography from popular culture to ancient times and the Eleusinian Mysteries. For 2,000 years, this goddess-focused rite was practised every September, as a mythological explanation of seasonal change, and a way of overcoming the fear of death. The exhibition adds a black grain of historic significance to the biennial GIBCA as a recurring myth-conveying festival, and its deiknumena, ‘things shown.’


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Chalmers University Of Technology Sven Hultins Gata 6, Gothenburg


Borås Konstmuseum Gustav Adolf Church and P.A. Halls terrass, Borås


Elite Plaza Hotel Västra Hamngatan 3, Gothenburg


Boy Konsthall Göteborgsvägen 21 A–C, Bollebygd


Gamlestaden – Hjällbo Marieholmsgatan 86, Gothenburg


Dômen Konstskola Slottsskogen, Dufvas Backe 3, Gothenburg


Götaplatsen Gothenburg


Felicia Bodin & Sofia Rydbrand Arts Association Filialen in Skår, Falköping


Göteborgs Konsthall Götaplatsen, Gothenburg


Folkstaden Allmänna vägen 2B, Gothenburg


Gothenburg City Library Götaplatsen 3, Gothenburg


Four Risåsgatan 5, Gothenburg


The Museum Of Gothenburg Norra Hamngatan 12, Gothenburg


Fredrika Anderson, Dorna Aslanzadeh & Linn Lindström Kastellgatan 8, Gothenburg


Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen Gothenburg


Frøidi Laszlo m. Club Antropocen Kastellgatan 7, Gothenburg


Keillers Park Gothenburg


Galleri 54 Kastellgatan 7, Gothenburg


Masthuggskyrkan Storebackegatan 15, Gothenburg


Galleri Box Kastellgatan 10, Gothenburg


Musiclovers Records Kyrkogatan 13, Gothenburg


Galleri HEMMA-HOS Sara-Lo af Ekenstam Övre Spannmålsgatan 2C, Gothenburg


Myrorna – Järntorget Järntorgsgatan 19, Gothenburg


Galleri Konstepidemin Konstepidemins väg 6, Gothenburg


Röda Sten Konsthall Röda Sten 1, Gothenburg


Galleri Sockerbruket Sockerbruket 18, Gothenburg


Gerlesborgsskolan Gerlesborgsskolan 1, Hamburgsund


Göteborg Konst (Gothenburg City Library) Götaplatsen 3, Gothenburg


Hammarkullen 365 Hammarkullen, Angered


Hammarkullen Konsthall Hammarkullen tram station, Angered


Humanistiska Biblioteket Renströmsgatan 4, Gothenburg


Imad Rashdan Kampenhofsgatan 2, Uddevalla


Konsthallen Blå Stället Angereds Torg 13, 424 65 Angered


Konsthallen Trollhättan Nohabgatan 11, Trollhättan


Konstmuseet, Skövde Kulturhus Trädgårdsgatan 9, Skövde


Konstrummet in Skärhamn library Kroksdalsvägen 1, Skärhamn


Kulturhuset Fregatten Fregatten 2, Stenungsund


Kulturhuset Fyren Borgmästaregatan 6, Kungsbacka


Kungsbacka Konsthall Borgmästaregatan 6, Kungsbacka


Långedprojektet Enetsvägen 2, Dals Långed


Marika Hedemyr Korsvägen 2, Gothenburg


Monica Funck Torp 102 Hjärtum, Trollhättan


Mölnlycke kulturhus Biblioteksgatan 2, Mölnlycke


Nordiska Akvarellmuseet Södra Hamnen 6, Skärhamn


NSFW i samarbete med 3:e Våningen Sockerbruket 9, Gothenburg


Nääs Konsthantverk Nääs Slott, Nääs Allé 3, Floda


Panncentralen Galleri Mariestad Verkstadsgatan 10, Mariestad


Pannrummet på Konstepidemin Konstepidemins väg 6, Gothenburg


Skjul Fyra Sex Fiskhamnsgatan 41, Gothenburg


Sockerbruket 17 Sockerbruket 17, Gothenburg


Steneby Konsthall Enhetsvägen 1, Dals Långed


StoneZone Hällevadsholm 16, Hällevadsholm


Strandverket Konsthall Hamngatan 56, Marstrand


Studio OAS Daniel Petterssons gata 5, Gothenburg


Studio Stenkolsgatan Stålverksgatan 2, Gothenburg


Textival Mollaryd Station, Borgstena


Upper Hand Tritongatan 5, Gothenburg


Vänersborgs Konsthall Kungsgatan 15, Vänersborg


Öckerö Library Sockenvägen 4, Öckerö


Outside the Town Hall Järnvägsgatan 12, Lilla Edet



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Visitor Information The Museum Of Gothenburg


Gamlestaden – Hjällbo

Röda Sten Konsthall, the main venue

Those who manages to reach the

The artwork WheredoIendandyoube-

of GIBCA, is located at the harbour

The Museum of Gothenburg has a

top of Masthuggsberget will enjoy

gin by artist Shilpa Gupta is installed

entrance of Gothenburg and under

unique home – the Swedish East India

a far-reaching view over the city of

on the roof of an industrial building

the Älvsborg Bridge. It is one of the

Company building from the 1750s, a

Gothenburg. This is where Mast-

on Marieholmsgatan 86. You can

most original sites of the city, where

place where the channel connects to

huggskyrkan is located. With its

see the artwork from trams 4, 8

urban splendour meets the Swedish

Göta älv. Our exhibitions tell the story

beautiful national romantic archi-

and 9 between Gamlestadstorget

west coast landscape. Röda Sten

of Gothenburg from prehistoric times

tecture, the church is one of the

and Hjällbo.

Konsthall is situated in an old boiler

to the present day – a trip through

most visited attractions in

house now converted into a contem-

12,000 years of history. In the museum,


porary art gallery with a popular

you can also find a café, restaurant,

restaurant and bar.

museum shop and children’s playroom.

Admission: 40 kr. Free entry under 26 years, 20 kr for students, unemployed and seniors. Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12 noon–5 pm, Wednesday 12 noon–8 pm and Saturday–Sunday 12 noon–6 pm Address: Röda Sten 1, 414 51 Göteborg Telephone: 031-12 08 16 Website: www.rodastenkonsthall.se Public transport stops: Vagnhallen Majorna, Klippan, Klippans färjeläge

Free admission Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm, Wednesday 10 am–8 pm Address: Norra Hamngatan 12 Telephone: 031-368 36 00 Website: www.goteborgsstadsmuseum.se Public transport stops: Brunnsparken, Domkyrkan

Röda Sten Konsthall

Gothenburg City Library Gothenburg City Library is located at

Göteborgs Konsthall Göteborgs Konsthall is a well-known institution in Gothenburg’s cultural scene. The gallery was built in 1923 and is accommodated in a classicistic brick building at Götaplatsen, at the top of Avenyn. Approximately five exhibitions of contemporary art are on show here annually and every other year the art biennial is a returning guest. Free admission Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11 am–6 pm, Wednesday 11 am–8 pm and Friday–Sunday 11 am–5 pm Address: Götaplatsen, 412 56 Göteborg Telephone: 031-61 50 40 Website: www.konsthallen.goteborg.se Public transport stops: Berzeliigatan, Valand, Götaplatsen

Götaplatsen, at the top of Avenyn. The library hosts collections of books and other media and there are also various reading places, a café and spaces for events and exhibitions. At the Gothenburg City Library the video exhibition We’re Saying What You’re Thinking is located on the lower, first and second floor. Free admission Opening hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–9 pm, Saturday–Sunday 10 am–6 pm Address: Götaplatsen 3 Telephone: 031-368 33 00 Website: www.stadsbiblioteket.nu Public transport stops: Berzeliigatan, Valand, Götaplatsen

Chalmers University of Technology was founded in 1829 conducting research and offering education in technology, science, architecture and maritime engineering and management. Ljusgården, an open inner court-

Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen the most important junctions for public transport at Hisingen – it is a place where thousands of inhabitants of the city pass and meet every day. Free admission Opening hours: 5 am–7 am and 2 pm–4 pm Location: The artwork Turkish Jokes (1994) is located on a pole between the bus roads. Public transport stop: Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen

yard with a high conical glass ceiling, can be found at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering located at Campus Johanneberg. Free admission Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4.30 pm Address: Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, samhällsbyggnadshuset, Sven Hultins gata 6 Telephone: 031-772 1000 (GIBCA) Website: www.chalmers.se Public transport stops: Chalmers, Sven Hultins plats

Keillers Park at Ramberget is an important site for Maddie Leach´s project The Grief Prophesy. This is the site where the notorious murder of Josef Ben Meddour took place in 1997. Public transport stop: Wieselgrensplatsen

Elite Plaza Hotel The splendid Elite Plaza Hotel is the only five-star hotel in Gothenburg, located by Domkyrkan. Free admission Opening hours: Only available upon prior reservation for these dates: 9–16/9, 19/9, 23/9, 30/9, 7/10, 14/10, 21/10, 28/10, 4/11, 11/11 and 18/11. Book by sending an email to debriefingsessions@gibca.se. See website for updated information and available times www.gibca.se Address: Västra Hamngatan 3 Telephone: 031-720 40 00 Website: www.elite.se/sv/hotell/ goteborg/plaza-hotel Public transport stop: Domkyrkan

Musiclovers Records

Practical Information Accessibility The entrances and toilets of Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg City Library and The Museum of Gothenburg are accessible to wheelchairs. The entrance of Göteborgs Konsthall is located on the left-hand side of Göteborgs konstmuseum from where the venue can be accessed by lift. For information about the

Musiclovers Records, established in

accessibility of other exhibition

2012, is a record shop with both new

venues, see the website of each

and vintage vinyl records. Located on

specific venue.

the street parallel to its “Big Sister” Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen is one of

Chalmers University Of Technology

Free admission Opening hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–4 pm Address: Storebackegatan 15 Telephone: 031-731 92 50 Website: https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/ masthugg/masthuggskyrkan Public transport stop: Stigbergstorget, Fjällskolan

Keillers Park

Götaplatsen Götaplatsen is the cultural heart of the city and is overlooked by the Gothenburg City Theatre, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Göteborgs Konsthall and Gothenburg Concert Hall. In the centre of the square stands Poseidon, who represents the symbol of Gothenburg. Public transport stops: Valand, Götaplatsen, Berzeliigatan

Kungsgatan, it is just next door to Kafé Höga Nord and several other small shops. Free admission Opening hours: Monday–Friday 11 am–6 pm, Saturday 10 am–5 pm Address: Kyrkogatan 13 Telephone: 073-397 36 49 Website: www.musicloversrecords. wordpress.com Public transport stop: Domkyrkan

Myrorna – Järntorget Myrorna is the largest secondhand

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chain in Sweden with stores all over the country. The store at Järntorget has four floors offering various gadgets, books and furniture as well as clothes and retro shoes. Free admission Opening hours: Every day 10 am–7 pm Address: Järntorgsgatan 19 Telephone: 031-701 89 32 Public transport stop: Järntorget

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Sveriges största nättidning för konstkritik och debatt Artiklar med bredd och djup Recensioner – essäer – kåserier – debatt Tusentals sökbara artiklar i arkivet Uppdatering varje vecka



3 X SEXUALPOLITISKA SAMTAL när Homonationalism – när sexualiteten blir ett vapen Anna-Maria Sörberg Lördag 30 september 11.30 Världskulturmuseet


Before and after the escape — life as a homosexual in Syria and Sweden Khaled Alesmael Lördag 30 september 14.45 Världskulturmuseet

Hallongrottan – allt ljus på slidsexet Sandra Dahlén à Lördag 30 september 16.00 ETC/Leopard förlags litteraturfestival

Cora sätter ljuset på vår kulturella samtid!

• Senaste nytt från konsten och litteraturens värld • Spännande möten med kulturens navigatörer.


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Art Educators:

Mia Christersdotter Norman

Amanda Eriksson, Linda Magnusson, Kjell Caminha och Behjat Omer

Curator: Nav Haq

Mia Christersdotter Norman,

Communications Manager: Fredrika Almqvist och Petra Landström

Artistic Director: Stina Edblom

Text Editing:

Ioana Leca

Copy-editing English/Swedish:

Björn Westerlund

Ola Carlsson

Astrid Trotzig

Information Officer:

Art Direction and Graphic Design: Leon&Chris


Isebell Andersson

Gabriella Berggren (sv-eng),

Finance Manager:

Ylva Gisslén och

Helena Herou

Curatorial Assistant: Winke Noppen

Magnus Nordén (eng-sv)


Project Manager GIBCA Extended

Cecilia Gelin Stina Edblom

Volunteer Coordinator:

Project Coordiator

Text Producer: Editorial Coordinator:

Michelle Boynton


Publication Director:


Carl-Henrik Andersson


and Art Educator:


Emelie Storm

Kristina Åström och Iris Bengtsson

© 2017 Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, the writers, and the artists.

Röda Sten Konsthall, Organizer of GIBCA, would like to specially thank: Main sponsors

Transport partner


With the support of

Längmanska kulturfonden


Special thanks to


Moderna Museet; Trygg och Vacker Stad, SDF Angered; Malmö Konstmuseum; Wikanders stiftelse; Willinska stiftelsen; Gertrud och Ivar Philipssons Stiftelse; Franska Institutet i Sverige; M HKA Johan af Klint; Anna van der Vliet; Lars Olsson; Martin Berntson; Lars M. Andersson; Lauren Philp

GIBCA Reference Group Mia Christersdotter Norman, Director GIBCA/Röda Sten Konsthall Stina Edblom, Artistic Director, GIBCA Emelie Storm, Project Manager, GIBCA Extended

Nav Haq, Curator GIBCA 2017 Ola Sigurdsson, Professor of Theology, University of Gothenburg Lasse Fryk, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg

Mikael Ringlander, Priest and Project Manager, Cultural Department, Church of Sweden Zana Muhammed, Director, Gothenburg Inter-religious Center

Ardeshir Bibakabadi, Director, Homan Gothenburg Liv Stoltz, Curator, Göteborgs Konsthall Alida Ivanov, Curator, Göteborgs Konsthall

Mija Renström, Curator for Educational Program, Göteborgs Konsthall Andrea Phillips, Professor, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg

GIBCA Extended especially thanks Kultur- och fritidschefsnätverket Göteborgsregionen


GIBCA 2017


Profile for Röda Sten Konsthall

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017 Guide  

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017 Guide